Look Out LEGO, Animated 'Playmobil' Movie is in Development Now
If for some ridiculous reason The LEGO Movie just didn't do anything for you, then maybe you'll be more interested in seeing what can be done with a different toy line. The Paris-based production banner ON Entertainment is teaming with Wild Bunch and Pathe to develop an animated film based on the iconic Playmobil toys. Variety reports the film's development is being spearheaded by Bob Persichetti, who was head of story on hits like Monsters vs. Aliens, Puss in Boots and Shrek 2 at DreamWorks Animation. The film will have the same creative team that just worked on an animated film called The Little Prince.
As for the story, we're not sure what it will be about. But much like the LEGO brand, Playmobil has over 30 different worlds in which various figures and playsets exists, so the narrative possibilities are endless. The toy is an international favorite in over 100 countries worldwide, so the appeal is there to get audiences into theaters, but the story better be good. Right now the plan is to release the film around the world towards the end of 2017, the same year that Warner Bros. Animation will release their LEGO Batman spin-off film starring Will Arnett. Stay tuned for more updates.