The Witch Boy

Netflix makes magic with The Witch Boy

The streamer's latest animated musical, to be directed by Minkyu Lee, is based on a graphic novel series that celebrates the LGBTQ community.
January 28, 2021

Netflix is getting into the groove with its new animated musicalĀ The Witch Boy, inspired by a graphic novel series and directed by Minkyu Lee.

The film is being produced by Vertigo Entertainment (The LEGO Movie), with rock band Haim attached to write the score. Its script is coming from writer Maria Melnik, and Roy Lee, Miri Yoon and Ryan Harris are producing.

Written by Molly Knox Ostertag, the graphic novels underpinning the movie are set in a secret community where girls become witches and boys become shapeshifters. The story follows Aster, a boy who is astonished to discover his burgeoning witch powers.

In a statement, Lee said he was drawn to the story and its celebration of queerness. In addition to directing the Oscar-nominated short film Adam and Dog, Lee’s credits include visual development on Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6.

This announcement comes as Netflix continues to work toward its goal of releasing six animated films a year. The SVOD acquired Sony Pictures Animation’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines earlier this month, and recently began production on the animated movie The Magician’s Elephant. Last year, Netflix bowed The Willoughbys, announced a stop-motion sequel to Chicken Run and headed to Australia for comedy-adventure Back to the Outback.

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