Emoji are on the move from the small screens of smartphones and tablets to the big screens of Hollywood.
According to a report from Deadline Hollywood, Sony Pictures Animation has secured the rights to an animated movie centering on emoji, the cutesy Japanese ideograms that have permeated mainstream culture over the last few years.
The report doesn't have any details about the content of the actual film, so we don't yet know whether the flick will be just another animated movie with humanlike characters or whether our worst fears will be realized and there'll just be smiley face orbs and poop emoji flying across the screen for 90 minutes.
What we do know is that as many as three companies competed for the rights to the emoji movie, but Sony's aggressive approach ultimately won out, according to the report. The film will be co-written by Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis, with Leondis serving as director of the movie. Michelle Raimo Kouyate, executive producer of hits like "Chocolat" and "Silver Linings Playbook," is said to be a producer of the film.
The report leaves several questions yet unanswered. Is the world ready for an all-emoji movie? Will emoji become the new Minions? Will the emoji movie be any good? Sure, Bill Nye can explainand Chevy can hype its latest Cruze car with an , but can the little symbols carry an entire full-length film?
For now, the best answer to those questions is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.