Based on the collectable figures
Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to Funko, and Warner Animation Group is to develop and produce a film based on the collectable figures. And at this point let’s just be glad this isn’t a remake or reboot of something, just a regular old cash-grab.
For almost two decades, Warner Bros. and Funko have collaborated on licensed collectibles from franchises like Batman and Harry Potter – and that’s barely scratching the surface. Now, taking an option on motion picture rights, the studio has taken its relationship with Funko to a whole new level.
Allison Abbate, the Executive VP of Warner Animation will be managing the partnership on behalf of the studio. She expressed the studio’s excitement at bringing the characters to life on the big screen, saying of Funko, “Their fresh take on pop culture make these figurines incredibly appealing to fans of all ages.”
Warner Animation has already set Oscar-nominated director and designer Teddy Newton crafting the storyline, with Lloyd Taylor set to write the film’s script, and veteran Disney Animation director Mark Dindal set to helm the project.
Funko CEO Brian Mariotti said of the deal, “We’re thrilled for this opportunity and are committed to make an amazing Funko movie that stands on its own merit. This isn’t about selling toys or building a brand. The team at Warner Animation Group have a unique vision of what the first film should be and we are extremely excited to take this journey alongside them.”
Obviously we can’t judge anything yet, and it could be that this Funko film will hit the right notes – like Warner Bros’ other toy-based franchise, The LEGO Movie – but there’s no guarantee that this will strike audiences in the same way. It certainly hasn’t gone that way with the Playmobil film, which currently stands at just 18% on Rotten Tomatoes with a 4.5 audience rating on IMDb – and that’s one of the kinder ratings.
More on Warner Bros’ Funko film when we have it.