Jared Hess (Masterminds, The Last Man on Earth) and Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) are set to adapt the acclaimed children’s novel Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey into an animated musical feature film for Netflix.
Jared Hess is set to direct the film, and the script will be written by Jared and Jerusha Hess. Thelma the Unicorn will be executive produced by Blabey and Patrick Hughes of Foundation Media Partners.
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.
“We are huge fans of Aaron’s work,” said Jared and Jerusha Hess in a statement. “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.’”
Author Aaron Blabey said, “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 has sold over 1.6 million copies to date and has been 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.
Thelma the Unicorn joins Netflix’s growing feature animation slate, which includes Pachamama on June 7th as well as the following upcoming titles: Klaus from director Sergio Pablos and SPA Studios, The Willoughbys from director Kris Pearn and BRON Studios, and Over the Moon from director Glen Keane and Pearl Studios, as well as the award-winning adult animated feature I Lost My Body from director Jérémy Clapin and Xilam Animation, which Netflix recently acquired at Cannes.