Deepening its portfolio of original animated movies, Netflix will turn bestselling teen graphic novel Pashmina, by Indian-American author/illustrator Nidhi Chanani, into an original CG-animated musical movie of the same name. It is being created in partnership with Burbank, California’s Hyde Park Entertainment (The Journey Home, Legends of Oz) and London, UK-based Bend It Films (Bend It Like Beckham).
Chanani’s debut graphic novel tells the fantasy-adventure story of Priyanka, a first generation American teenager of Indian descent, who discovers a magical pashmina and uses it to learn the truth about her mysterious family history. Published in 2017 by Roaring Book Press imprint First Second, the novel has been celebrated for its portrayal of Indian culture and feminism and was recognized as one of Amazon’s top-20 children’s books of the year.
While a premiere date has yet to be announced, Netflix is collaborating with Bend It Films writer-director Gurinder Chadha (Blinded by the Light), Hyde Park producer Ashok Amritraj and Chadha’s long-standing writing partner, Paul Mayeda Berges, who is exec producing alongside Chanani, Hyde Park’s Priya Amritraj and Addison Mehr and Jon Levin of talent management and investment company, Fourward.
With Pashmina, Netflix continues to bolster its investment in original animated features. The SVOD service will debut its first original animated feature, Sergio Pablos’ Klaus, during this year’s holiday season; is adapting Adam Kline’s upcoming middle-grade novel Escape from Hat with Oscar-nominated director Mark Osborne (Kung-Fu Panda, The Little Prince); and most recently signed a multi-year overall deal with Darla Anderson (Coco, Cars, Toy Story 3) to develop and produce new animated and live-action feature films and series.
On the acquisitions front, Netflix acquired writer/director Juan Antin’s animated feature film Pachamama last month and plans to debut it in June.