Tina Chinakarn, left, and Julie To, right, take a picture in front of a Hello Kitty mural outside of Hello Kitty Con October 31, 2014 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, California. Some 25,000 fans are expected to attend Hello Kitty Con be

Tina Chinakarn, left, and Julie To, right, take a picture in front of a Hello Kitty mural outside of Hello Kitty Con October 31, 2014 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, California. Some 25,000 fans are expected to attend Hello Kitty Con between October 30 and November 2. The event celebrates 40 years of the Sanrio icon, featuring Hello Kitty merchandise, art installations, a costume contest and more. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)

Hello Kitty to make her big screen debut

March 6, 2019
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NEW YORK (AP) — Hello Kitty might not have a mouth but she's got a movie deal.

Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema announced Tuesday that it has acquired film rights to Hello Kitty from the Japanese corporation Sanrio. The 45-year-old iconic feline has never been turned into a movie despite its merchandising ubiquity.

New Line said it will quickly begin work on a script to put a film into production. Sanrio also granted film rights to other characters including Gudetama, My Melody and Little Twin Stars.

Warner Bros. has had success with toy adaptations before, including "The Lego Movie." That film's sequel, however, has underperformed at the box office since opening last month.

Hello Kitty presents potentially steeper challengers, though. She doesn't talk or, for the most part, change facial expressions.

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