First announced in March 2021, a new anime film about female K-Pop stars who between concerts slay evil spirits has been announced to be in development at Sony Pictures Animation. A year later, new documents seem to suggest that Netflix could be the film’s distributor.
Variety first teased the project and reported that directors Maggie Kang and Chris Appelhans were on board to direct. Kang is best known for her work on The Lego Ninjago Movie while Applehans was involved as a writer and direct on Netflix‘s 2021 release of Wish Dragon last year (which reportedly has a sequel, though it’s unclear if it’ll be on Netflix).
Danya Jimenez and Hannah McMechan are the screenwriters for the animated project while Aron Warner (Shrek) and Scott Berri are producers.
Training for the big debut. K-Pop: Demon Hunters is currently in development at Sony Animation.
This film follows a group of world famous K-Pop girls as they balance their lives in the spotlight with their secret identities as badass demon hunters. pic.twitter.com/sFScsOqMN5
—Sony Pictures Animation (@SonyAnimation) March 8, 2021
Since that initial announcement, things have been quietly worked out behind the scenes. As Variety notes, no release schedule has been announced.
This is where we come to Netflix. Two recently filed filings tie the film to Netflix. Several documents suggest that Netflix supports the release of the film. In recent months, Netflix has also filed documents with similar wording for Nimona which was officially unveiled yesterday.
Sony Pictures Animation did not respond to a request for comment.
Of course, even if the film had been released in theaters, it would have appeared on Netflix, but only for a limited time, since Sony and Netflix have a global first window agreement for all Sony films (both live and in animation) in the United States in 2022.
The only two Sony Animation films confirmed for theatrical release at the time of publication are the following two Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse entries slated for release in October 2022 and 2023.
The move to Netflix wouldn’t be completely out of the ordinary.
In 2021, Netflix partnered with Sony Animation on three projects to help bolster its slate of films that had been impacted by COVID-19 delays. The Dragon of Wishes, Long live, and The Mitchells vs The Machines have all been sold to Netflix. The latter was a big hit for Netflix, even earning it an Oscar nomination.
We’ll let you know if and when to hear more.