Netflix to produce animated movie ‘Escape From Hat’

MUMBAI: Internet TV network Netflix will produce the animated feature film ‘Escape from Hat’ from two time Academy Award nominated director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The Little Prince) together with writer Adam Kline (Artemis Fowl, The Clockwork War). Production will commence this month in New York. Netflix expects the film to be released in 2022.

‘Escape From Hat’ joins Netflix’s growing slate of original animated event programming designed for kids and families around the world. Osborne will direct and produce with Jinko Gotoh, who worked with Osborne on ‘The Little Prince’ and serves as producer on the 2019 Netflix animated feature film ‘Klaus’, from director Sergio Pablos. The screenplay is by Adam Kline and Osborne, based on the book of the same name by Kline, a new middle-grade novel that will be published by HarperCollins in Winter 2020.

‘Escape From Hat’ brings light to the ancient mysteries of magic. In a fairy tale where black cats are bad and magic rabbits are good, balance is threatened when one such rabbit is cast into a mysterious realm of danger and shadow. There, our desperate hero rallies an unexpected band of allies and undertakes an impossible quest to escape from inside a magician’s hat – and return to the human boy he dearly loves.

“‘Escape From Hat’ tells a story about friendship and magic, which perfectly mirrors how I feel about getting to reunite with my friend Mark at Netflix after ten years. I cannot wait for audiences around the world to immerse themselves in our fantastical magic trick gone awry, where they will find an epic and imaginative world of good versus evil” said Netflix VP kids, family Melissa Cobb.

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