Netflix has become the first major American streamer in quite a few years to fund a decently-budgeted hand-drawn animated feature.
The internet streamer announced this afternoon that they have acquired global rights of Klaus which will mark the directorial debut of veteran animator and co-creator ofDespicable Me, Sergio Pablos.
Pablos, who came up with the original story, also wrote the screenplay with Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney. Voice cast is headlined by Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Joan Cusack.
Sergio Pablos’ SPA Studios is producing the film in Madrid, Spain, with Atresmedia Cine. Toon Boom Harmony will provide strategic technological support.
Tanguy Olivier, Gustavo Ferrada and Marisa Roman are producers and Jinko Gotoh is executive producer. Netflix is planning a Christmas 2019 release.