In case you aren’t aware, Netflix just released some new teaser images for their upcoming animated film, Nimona.
Nimona, based off of the web comic/graphic novel of the same name, is a story set in a technologically-advanced medieval kingdom. It follows the villain Ballister Blackheart and his sidekick of mysterious origins, the shapeshifter Nimona. They are fighting against a dangerous organization known as the Institution, run by so-called “heroes,” including Blackheart’s old friend, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. It is written and illustrated by ND Stevenson. Stevenson is also known for creating, showrunning, and executively producing “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” as well as being a co-writer for the graphic novel series “The Lumberjanes.”
Nimona the web comic ran from 2012 to 2014 via Tumblr, and soon was put into a fully fleshed-out graphic novel in 2015. I actually had this book in my middle school classroom. The novel has gone on to win several awards, including an Eisner.
Originally pitched as an animated feature length film to the animation studio Blue Sky (a subsidiary of 20th Century Animation) in the same year of 2015, it was scrapped once Disney bought Fox and disbanded the company.
Now, it has been confirmed that Netflix is reviving the project! It is set for a mid-to-late 2023 release.
I’m cautiously optimistic. Netflix has not been treating the genre of animation right, and I hope this movie doesn’t get derailed again. Are you excited?
By Ezan Charo, Junior, ChiArts