The popular children’s book “Thelma the Unicorn” is coming to Netflix. Jared Hess (Masterminds, The Last Man on Earth) is directing the adaptation for the platform, with Jared and Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) adapting a screenplay based on the novel by Aaron Blabey.
The novel has seen incredible success, selling over 1.6M copies to date while distributed in 14 countries around the world. The success of Blabey’s novels has landed him on The New York Times bestselling list for 32 weeks.
You can find the original work right here on Amazon.
Netflix released the logline for the new series on Wednesday morning adding, “When a rare pink and glitter-filled moment of fate makes Thelma the Pony’s wish of being a unicorn come true, she rises to instant international pop-superstar stardom, but at an unexpected cost. Thelma the Unicorn is a joyful story about learning to love who you are… even if you don’t have sparkles.”
In a joint statement, Jared and Jerusha Hess said, “We are huge fans of Aaron’s work. The lovable misfits in his books feel right at home for us. It is a dream come true to be collaborating with him and Netflix on an animated feature of Thelma the Unicorn.”
Aaron Blabey and Patrick Hughes serve as executive producers on the project.
Blabey added, “I’m beyond excited that my beautiful phoney Unicorn is going to sparkle her way onto the screen in a big, glittery Netflix film. Thelma is SO ready for her close-up!”
“Thelma the Unicorn” is the latest animated installment added to Netflix’s growing feature slate. Other hits include “Pachamama,” “Klaus” from director Sergio Pablos, “The Willoughbys,” and “Over The Moon” from director Glen Keane. Subscribers can also look for the award-winning adult animated feature “I Lost My Body” from director Jérémy Clapin, which Netflix recently acquired at Cannes.
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