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Nimona Lives! Cancelled Blue Sky Movie Saved By Netflix

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In 2015, 20th Century Fox announced the development of an animated film based around ND Stevenson’s comic Nimona. The story had humble origins on Tumblr, was picked up by a big publisher and became a best-seller, winning several awards including the Eisner Award, the Cybils Award and the Cartoonist Studio Prize. Stevenson would go on to direct cartoons like She-Ra and become a respected figure in the animation business.

But the biggest news was the movie. Unlike She-Ra it was something that had come entirely out of Stevenson’s head. Their fanbase was eager for the thing. It would have been the first webcomic to get its own feature film, but that honor ended up going to Marry Me somehow. Nimona was tripped in its final sprint, a victim of the 20th Century / Disney merger and the shuttering of Blue Sky Studios shortly thereafter.

Disney had the option of letting Nimona finish development, but elected not to. The film was 75% complete. Whenever the topic of abandoned animated movies comes up on social media, Nimona is always mentioned first, usually with angry emojis and snide comments in Disney’s direction.

We’ve got excellent news: the movie has been saved. Netflix managed to wrestle the flick out of Disney’s hands and it’s now on track for a 2023 release. Stevenson made the announcement this morning:

Along with this welcome news came the first publicly released screenshot of Nimona. is this what Blue Sky was working on or did Netflix have to start over? According to this reply to Noelle’s tweet, it’s the same movie:

And we have proof, as some images and test footage was leaked back when Blue Sky was working on it, and Nimona looks the same:

Nimona stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Nimona, Riz Ahmed as Ballister Boldheart, and Eugene Lee Yang as Ambrosius Goldenloin. It’ll be available to watch on Netflix sometime next year. As for that rumored Lumberjanes adaption, no word yet, but the odds just got better.