We might still be a little confused about Deadline Hollywood, which says Sanrio, the Japanese company that created Hello Kitty, is planning to release a "Hello Kitty" movie in 2019., but one thing's for sure: Hello Kitty is getting a movie deal. The report comes courtesy of
Details for the film are very sparse at this point, but given what we know about the franchise, there will probably be copious amounts of giggling and silliness, games of hide and seek and all sorts of other antics young girl kitties get up to.
Regardless of the plot, Sanrio is reportedly expecting "Hello Kitty" to do pretty well at the box office. The film is reportedly being produced through Sanrio's U.S. subsidiary, Sanrio Media & Pictures Entertainment, and has a budget of around $160 million to $240 million.
Sanrio more or less confirmed the news in a statement emailed to CNET on Monday. "Sanrio Inc. can confirm that a U.S.-based entity has been formed to create feature films based on Sanrio characters and to expand animated film and digital contents business globally," the statement read. "This entity further highlights Sanrio's expansion into lifestyle entertainment. We have no additional details at this time."
So if you, or have young daughters or nieces in the family, you may want to pencil 2019 into your datebook. That's when "Hello Kitty" -- the movie, not the cat, nor the girl, nor whatever she is -- is expected to land in theaters around the world.