Netflix’s adaptation of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona has been on a long and winding production path. Earlier this month, Discussing Film’s Twitter account announced that the film would be released by the end of 2023. Marc Haimes is adapting the screenplay.
What’s On Netflix noted that Nimona’s film production began back with Fox and later with Disney, where it was being produced by Blue Sky Studios. However, Disney announced in 2021 that they were closing the studio. Nimona did not appear to have any future as a film adaptation. When Netflix filed for the copyright of the word “Nimona,” that was one of the first indicators that the company would be adapting the book.
In addition to Haimes adapting the graphic novel, Nick Bruno and Troy Quane–known for Spies in Disguise–are directing Nimona. Chloe Grace Moretz who’s known for her roles in Kick Ass and Tom & Jerry will play Nimona. Riz Ahmed from Rogue One and Venom will play Ballister Boldheart, while Eugene Lee Yang, best known for his part in the YouTube channel, The Try Guys, will play Ambrosius Goldenloin. This is most certainly the type of cast that will draw in quite a viewership, and they are populating a story that has a serious charm to it already!
Noelle Stevenson has plenty of experience when it comes to adapting popular pieces of media. In 2018, Netflix released her passion project, She-Ra and the Princess of Power, which is based on the widely-known He-Man character from the 1980s. With the stunning success of her first show, Stevenson was a shoo-in to have more of her creations released on the streaming platform.
Plot of Nimona
Nimona is about a young shapeshifter working for Lord Ballister Blackheart. Together, they plan on wreaking all sorts of villainy by proving that the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics are by no means as impressive or heroic as they play themselves up to be. However, Lord Blackheart learns that Nimona’s powers make her unpredictable and dangerous in her own right.
This is a story that Dungeons & Dragons players would love to read, as it can resemble the more chaotic of tabletop campaigns, But don’t let that scare you away if you don’t play the beloved tabletop RPG! This is a story that appeals to a much wider audience, and with good reason. As already mentioned, this is a story that examines the sorts of labels we attach to people, which will always remain a key discussion that we as viewers and individuals should consistently have with ourselves.
io9’s Youtube channel released this test video to pique viewer interest and get them excited for the upcoming film:
While it’s not a trailer (we’ll probably get one of those closer to Nimona’s release date!) this video does show that progress is being made, and it does pull back the curtain a bit on the computer animation shaping the story!
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