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Heads up, Hello Kitty fans! New Line Cinema, Sanrio, and FlynnPictureCo. are teaming up to develop an English-language film centering on Hello Kitty for the first time in her 45-year history.

The news was announced on the Facebook page of Warner Bros. Pictures on Wednesday, March 6. They said that this is the first time Sanrio has granted film rights to Hello Kitty and other popular characters like Gudetama, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, and more to a major film studio. It will now give the audiences outside Japan the opportunity to experience Hello Kitty as a feature film.

Sanrio founder, president and CEO Shintaro Tsuji shared that he’s extremely happy for Hello Kitty’s Hollywood debut.

“I am extremely pleased that Hello Kitty and other popular Sanrio characters will be making their Hollywood debut. Hello Kitty has long been a symbol of friendship and we hope this film will only serve to grow that circle of friendship around the world,” he said.

Hello Kitty’s debut will be produced by Beau Flynn and executive produced by Wendy Jacobson for FlynnPictureCo.

“Hello Kitty has been one of the most beloved characters around the world for the last forty-plus years. We’re incredibly honored that President Tsuji has entrusted us with the responsibility of bringing her story to the big screen globally for the first time ever, and it’s a dream that we get to do this with our long-term partners at New Line and Warner Bros. With the positive and family-oriented values that Hello Kitty and Sanrio embody, there has never been a better time than now to share her message with the world,” Beau Flynn, CEO, FlynnPictureCo., said.

There’s no release date or other information about the film yet, but the search for writers and creative talent will happen real soon.

Hello Kitty is one of the most popular characters by Sanrio. It was initially designed in 1974 and introduced on a coin purse a year later. She can be found in 130 countries on more than 50,000 different branded products every year.

In 2014, her identity has prompted uproars when a curator of a Hello Kitty exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles said that the whiskered character was not actually a cat. But Sanrio eventually clarified that she’s “a personification of a cat.”

Who’s ready for Hello Kitty’s Hollywood debut?

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