Warner Bros. Pictures has optioned the screen rights to the Funko pop brand and Warner Animation Group will develop and produce a film based on the collectors figures.
Allison Abbate, Executive VP of Warner Animation Group, says the studio is keen to bring the characters to life on movie screens in a film that will likely aim to emulate the success of “The LEGO Movie”.
Oscar-nominated director and designer Teddy Newton is crafting the storyline with the help of Disney Animation veteran director Mark Dindal.
Funko CEO Brian Mariotti says in a statement: “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.”
The deal comes after Warners and Funko have partnered on licensed collectables from franchises including Batman and Harry Potter for nearly twenty years. Warner Animation Group also has “Space Jam 2,” “Scoob” and “Tom & Jerry” all currently in the works.