Continuing to greenlight animated feature films, streaming giant Netflix has hired Kung-Fu Panda and The Little Prince director Mark Osborne to adapt Escape from Hat, based on an upcoming middle-grade novel from writer Adam Kline (The Clockwork War).
Hitting book shelves in winter 2020, the HarperCollins fairytale (pictured) tells the story of a magic rabbit who must free himself from a magician’s hat and return to the human boy he was sworn to protect, after a trick goes awry. The Netflix film begins production this month in New York and is expected to be released in 2022.
Osborne and Kline are co-writing the screenplay, and Osborne has been tapped to direct and produce alongside The Little Prince executive producer Jinko Gotoh, who is also currently producing Netflix’s animated holiday film Klaus (2019).
Other creative execs figuring into Netflix’s animated feature streak include The Breadwinner director Nora Twomey and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 director Kris Pearn, who will produce My Father’s Dragon and The Willoughbys, respectively. And then there’s stop-motion musical Pinocchio from Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; Wendell & Wild (2021) from writer/director Henry Selick (Coraline); and the aforementioned Klaus from Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos.