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Hello Kitty to debut on the big screen

/ 12:10 AM March 08, 2019

Hello Kitty balloon in New York City

NEW YORK—Hello Kitty might not have a mouth, but she’s got a movie deal.

Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema announced on Tuesday that it had acquired film rights to Hello Kitty from the Japanese corporation Sanrio. The 45-year-old iconic feline has never been turned into a movie despite its merchandising ubiquity.

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New Line said it would quickly begin work on a script to put a film into production. Sanrio also granted film rights to other characters including Gudetama, My Melody and Little Twin Stars.

Warner Bros. has had success with toy adaptations before, including “The Lego Movie.” That film’s sequel, however, has underperformed at the box office since opening last month.

Hello Kitty presents potentially steeper challengers, though. She doesn’t talk or, for the most part, change facial expressions. —AP

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