Warner options rights to a Funko movie

The animated flick “isn’t about selling toys or building a brand” says Funko, CEO Brian Mariotti

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 17.09.2019 | Watch

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Warner Bros. is bringing Funko to the silver screen after optioning the movie rights to its distinctive Pop! Vinyl figures.

Deadline reports that the feature will be an animated affair from Warner Animation Group, headed up by the studio’s Executive Vice President Allison Abbate.

The film turns the relationship between Warner and the toymaker on its head: Funko has for years licensed Warner Bros. properties like Harry Potter and DC superheroes for its range of popular collectables, but will now work in unison to build a new IP.

Funko CEO Brian Mariotti tells Deadline: “We’re thrilled for this opportunity and are committed to make an amazing Funko movie that stands on its own merit.”

He was quick to quash talk of the movie as a marketing vehicle for Funko toys, adding: “The isn’t about selling toys or building a brand. The team at Warner Animation Group have a unique vision of what the first film should be and we are extremely excited to take this journey alongside them.”

Talent already reportedly on board include Oscar-nominated director Teddy Newton and Mark Dindal, a former Disney Animation veteran who worked on The Little Mermaid, and wrote and directed The Emperor’s New Groove.


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