Dear parents who can't wait for their kids to be over the Minion craze: Hollywood's already planning for the yellow critters' replacement in your children's lives. And, if you're unlucky, these new characters might even be more obnoxious than Gru's banana-loving henchmen*. Sony Pictures Animation has won an auction for a story pitch starring those yellow ideograms or smileys we all know as "emojis." Yep, there's going to be an emoji movie, according to Deadline, which also reported that two other studios competed against Sony at the auction for the right to turn the story into a full-fledged film.
Studios are probably keen on the idea of making an emoji movie, considering there are no royalties to pay, and they can be easily turned into toys and other money-making merchandise. Deadline unfortunately doesn't have any deets about the film itself, other than it was pitched by Anthony Leondis who directed Lilo & Stitch 2 and will be co-written by TV producer Eric Siegel. The publication also said that another emoji story will soon be shopped around, so there might be more than one smiley movie in the works for the next couple of years. At least one of 'em is bound to be good, right?!
*Disclosure: This editor personally loves Minions, but she knows they drive some people crazy.
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