DHX Media has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Animation to expand film franchise Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs into television with a new adaptation. DHX Media will develop and produce 26, 22-minute traditionally animated small-screen episodes of the computer-generated animation feature films; that includes global television and non-U.S. home entertainment exploitation rights to Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series (Sony will distribute home entertainment in the U.S.). The deal also has DHX Media representing merchandising for the television series on a worldwide basis.
The 2009 animated comedy Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and its 2013 sequel, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 were produced by Sony Pictures Animation, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The films grossed a combined $510 million in theaters. The first movie, based on the best-selling book by Judi and Ron Barrett, followed the adventures of Flint Lockwood, an eccentric young scientist with awkward demeanor and half-baked inventions, whose machine designed to make sure nobody ever goes hungry again leaves the whole world in a pickle, and with a forecast of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The sequel picked up where the original left off, with Lockwood’s machine now creating food-animals — tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders, etc.
“Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs has a tremendous legacy as beloved children’s books and a duo of highly popular feature films, showing how great ideas can succeed across media. We believe audiences both old and new are going to love this fiercely funny franchise re-imagined for the small screen,” DXH Media president and COO Steven DeNure said in the announcement
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DHX Media Ltd. is recognized globally for such brands as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou,Teletubbies, In The Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, and the multi-award winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media Ltd. is the owner of Family Channel, the most-viewed children’s television channel in Canada, as well as Disney Junior (English & French) and Disney XD. The company markets and distributes its library of more than 10,000 half-hours of entertainment programming worldwide, and licenses its owned properties through its dedicated consumer products business.
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