Production is almost complete on Build-A-Bear Entertainment’s first piece of content, a live-action feature film called Honey Girls inspired by the DIY retailer’s product line.
Build-A-Bear first announced plans to get into the kids content arena in 2019, signing an agreement at the time with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions to support this new initiative. SPWA will manage worldwide distribution rights to the movie, which is expected to bow this fall.
Honey Girls is being produced by Foundation Media Partners, with Patrick Hughes producing and Build-A-Bear CEO Sharon Price John executive producing. It tells the story of three musicians duking it out in a talent competition to discover the next great solo artist. When they realize they’re much better as a group, the teens begin to perform in disguise as the Honey Girls to avoid elimination from the competition.
The three lead characters will be played by Aliyah Mastin (pictured left), Ava Grace (pictured center) and Frankie McNellis (pictured right), with singer/actress Ashanti and digital star Tessa Brooks rounding out the cast.
Music video director Trey Fanjoy is making her feature film directorial debut on Honey Girls, the screenplay for which was written by Mike Mariano and Cindy McCreery. Julia Michels has signed on as a music supervisor, and Mark Nilan Jr. (A Star is Born) is contributing original songs.