Netflix saves Disney’s canceled movie Nimona

Netflix has officially picked up Nimona, an animated adaptation of ND Stevenson’s graphic novel of the same name, after Disney scrapped the project following its acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2020.

The fantasy film, which is set to feature the voice talents of Eugene Lee Yang, Chloë Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed, was originally announced in 2015 and was being developed by Fox’s Blue Sky – but appeared to be canceled when the Mouse House closed in studio five years later. Early last year, production restarted with DNEG Animation.

On April 11, Stevenson took to Twitter to share the news of her rebirth, writing, “Nimona was always a brave little story that just wouldn’t stop. She’s a fighter…but she also has some really great people fighting for her.

“I am thrilled to announce that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS ALIVE…coming to you in 2023 from Annapurna and Netflix.”

Nimona has always been a brave little story that never stopped. She’s a fighter…but she also has some really great people fighting for her. I am thrilled to report that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS LIVE…coming to you in 2023 from Annapurna and Netflix 🤘 pic.twitter.com/wEZuM2sXTtApril 11, 2022

Moretz is set to voice the titular heroine, while Yang and Ahmed will bring Ambrosius Goldenloin and Ballister Boldheart to life, respectively.

Spies in Disguise directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane are set to helm the film, which is produced by Roy Lee, Karen Ryan and Robert L. Baird. Megan Ellison, Andrew Millstein and Julie Zackary are executive producers.

Published as an online comic between 2012 and 2014 before being printed in a book in 2015, Nimona follows a shapeshifter who quickly befriends the villainous Ballister Boldheart and follows his mission to destroy the Institute on- controlling. While Blackheart tries to operate according to her code of ethics, Nimona has no problem killing – which often puts the pair in awkward situations.

Just recently, following controversy surrounding Disney and Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill, former employees spoke to Business Insider about the studios’ alleged censorship of LGBTQ representation in several works. animation. They also claimed that Disney challenged such themes at Nimona, including a gay kiss.

Stevenson previously collaborated with Netflix on the critically acclaimed series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, which aired for five seasons.

While you wait for Nimona, check out our roundup of the best shows of all time for inspiration.


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Netflix has officially picked up Nimona, an animated adaptation of ND Stevenson’s graphic novel of the same name, after Disney scrapped the project following its acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2020.
The fantasy movie, which is set to feature the voice talents of Eugene Lee Yang, Chloë Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed, was initially announced back in 2015, and was being developed by Fox’s Blue Sky – but looked to be canceled when the Mouse House shut down the studio five years later. Early last year, production kicked off again with DNEG Animation.
On April 11, Stevenson took to Twitter to share the news of its revival, writing: “Nimona’s always been a spunky little story that just wouldn’t stop. She’s a fighter…but she’s also got some really awesome people fighting for her. 
“I am excited out of my mind to announce that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS ALIVE…coming at you in 2023 from Annapurna and Netflix.”

Nimona’s always been a spunky little story that just wouldn’t stop. She’s a fighter…but she’s also got some really awesome people fighting for her. I am excited out of my mind to announce that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS ALIVE…coming at you in 2023 from Annapurna and Netflix 🤘 pic.twitter.com/wEZuM2sXTtApril 11, 2022

Moretz is set to voice the titular heroine, while Yang and Ahmed will bring Ambrosius Goldenloin and Ballister Boldheart to life, respectively. 
Spies in Disguise directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane are set to helm the flick, which is being produced by Roy Lee, Karen Ryan, and Robert L. Baird. Megan Ellison, Andrew Millstein, and Julie Zackary serve as executive producers.
Published as a webcomic between 2012 and 2014 before being printed in book from in 2015, Nimona follows a shapeshifter who becomes fast friends with villain Ballister Boldheart, and tags along on his mission to destroy the over-controlling Institute. While Blackheart tries to operate under his code of ethics, Nimona has no problem with killing – which often lands the pair in sticky situations.
Just recently, in the wake of a controversy surrounding Disney and Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill, former employees opened up to Business Insider about the studios’ alleged censoring of LGBTQ representation in several animated works. They also claimed that Disney took issue with such themes in Nimona, including a same-sex kiss.
Stevenson previously collaborated with Netflix on the critically acclaimed series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, which aired for five seasons.
While we wait for Nimona, check out our roundup of the best shows of all time for some viewing inspiration. 

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