Up-and-coming screenwriter Lindsey Beer has signed on to write the Hello Kitty movie adaptation in the works at New Line.
Beer currently has two feature credits to her name – the Netflix comedy Sierra Burgess Is A Loser and the upcoming Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley movie, Chaos Walking – but she’s had a hand in numerous tentpole films, such as Transformers: The Last Knight and Sony’s Master Of The Universe.
Beau Flynn is producing the movie via his FlynnPicture company alongside Sanrio, the Japanese company behind the iconic pop culture brand, which has been around since 1974. The plan is for a film similar to Pokémon Detective Pikachu, a four-quadrant movie with global appeal.
There’s currently no word on whether Hello Kitty will be a hybrid film like that, or fully animated. We do know that other popular Sanrio characters such as Gudetama and My Melody are included in the rights deal.
Beer is an excellent addition to a project like this. She’s already very experienced being involved in high-profile blockbusters, having also been a writer for Star Trek and Legendary’s Monsterverse. She will also serve as showrunner on Netflix’s adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic, The Magic Order. And on top of that, she’s also co-writing a female Fast & Furious spinoff alongside Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider).
So she’s putting in work. Beer and Robertson-Dworet recently teamed with the latter’s Captain Marvel co-writer Nicole Perlman to launch the production company Known Universe, which is expected to be credited as an executive producer on the Hello Kitty movie.
With the success of Detective Pikachu, expect many similar projects like this to spring up. That film made a cool $425 million worldwide, and New Line would surely be satisfied with that haul for Hello Kitty.