Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is coming to television.
DHX Media has teamed with Sony Pictures Animation to develop a television series based on the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs feature film franchise.
The franchise consists of a series of books and two feature films which follow Flint Lockwood, an eccentric young scientist whose latest contraption: the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Nano Dynamic Food Replicator (FLDSNDFR), a miraculous machine designed to make sure nobody ever goes hungry again, goes awry, resulting in giant food raining down from the sky. Both films were big hits for Sony and distributor Columbia Pictures, grossing more than $500 million.
Under the deal inked between the two companies, DHX Media will develop and produce a 26 episode series which will utilise traditional animation. In addition to producing, the company will also handle global distribution and merchandising rights. Sony will retain home entertainment rights in the United States, while DHX Media will exploit home entertainment rights in all other territories.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series takes place before the first film and follows Flint Lockwood, a high school tween with big dreams who suffers from NFD: Non Fish-related Dreams. He wants to be a serious scientist and maybe one day not have his inventions blow up in his face. Other characters from the films set to appear in the series include Sam Sparks, Flint’s Dad Tim, Steve the Monkey, Manny, Earl, Brent and Mayor Shelbourne, who wins every election on the pro-sardine platform.
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has a tremendous legacy as beloved children’s books and a duo of highly popular feature films, showing how great ideas can succeed across media”, said Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media. “We believe audiences both old and new are going to love this fiercely funny franchise reimagined for the small screen.”
While Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, added: “I’m thrilled to see the adventures of our beloved characters from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs further expanded to television for audiences around the world to enjoy.”