Nimona is back and set for a Netflix premiere a year after losing its studio.
When everyone is questioning Nimona when the project stalled with the little apparent possibility of resuscitation for a year, it’s finally back now.
Netflix said on Monday morning that the animated version of author ND Stevenson’s popular graphic novel will be released in 2023, resurrecting the project one year after its initial animation home was canceled following the Disney/Fox merger. Spies in Disguise directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane will direct the film adaptation of the fantasy/sci-fi hybrid tale, which will star Chloe Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed.
Nimona recounts the exploits of the main character, a shapeshifting monster who most commonly appears as a little girl, as she teams up with a disgraced knight to take on the Institution he was once a member of, uncovering a conspiracy in the process. In 2015, the graphic book adaptation of the comic was published, and it went on to win an Eisner Award, a Cybils Award, a Cartoonists Studio Prize, and other awards.
A first-look photograph from the film was also shared by the streamer, which you can see below:
The adaptation of Nimona for the big screen began in 2015, when Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios took on the project under the supervision of Patrick Osborne. Over the following four years, the picture progressed steadily, until scheduling issues arose as a result of Disney’s attempt to purchase Fox. Following repeated release date delays, Disney stated in February of last year that it will close Blue Sky Studios as part of its reorganization of Fox’s entertainment holdings, thereby canceling Nimona.
After an almost decade-long trip to the screen, Nimona will be released next year.