“Assassin’s Creed” producer and former EuropaCorp CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet is teaming with developer Outfit7 to adapt the mobile app “Talking Tom and Friends” into a feature film.
Launched nearly a decade ago, the family-friendly app follows a wisecracking cat that responds to gestures made on smartphone or tablet screens, and can animate voice recordings.
The game has racked up more than 8 billion downloads and boasts 350 million monthly active users who’ve welcomed the game’s themes of friendship, listening, and tolerance. The film is said to be a “high-content, hybrid family film, featuring both digital characters and real-life actors”.
A CG animated web series based on the property began airing in 2015, while tie-in indoor amusement parks in China have also been constructed.