There's a new animated flick fans of K-Pop and badass demon-slaying ladies shouldn't miss.
On Tuesday (03/09), Oscar-winning studio Sony Pictures Animation announced that it is developing a new movie called K-Pop: Demon Hunters, a film that follows the story of K-Pop stars who hack and slash demons while balancing their lives under the spotlight. The animated musical willl be directed by Maggie Kang (The Lego Ninjago Movie) and Chris Appelhans (Wish Dragon).
Training for the big debut. K-Pop: Demon Hunters is currently in development at Sony Animation.— Sony Pictures Animation (@SonyAnimation) March 8, 2021
This film follows a world-renowned K-Pop girl group as they balance their lives in the spotlight with their secret identities as badass demon hunters. pic.twitter.com/sFScsOqMN5
K-Pop: Demon Hunters pays homage to Kang's Korean heritage and the K-Pop music she grew up with.
“Having been a fan of the genre since its beginnings in the ’90s, this film is my love letter to K-Pop and my Korean roots," Kang tells Variety. "It encompasses and celebrates everything K-Pop is—it’s the film I would want to see as a lifelong fan and I hope the millions of K-Pop fans out there in the world will feel the same."
Appelhans adds that he'd “always wanted to do a film about the power of music—to unite, bring joy, build community." He says, "K-Pop is the greatest embodiment of this in our lifetime, and we’re really excited to honor and showcase that through the lens of animation.”
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Kang and Appelhans will also be joined by Oscar-winning producer Aron Warner (Shrek), writers Hannah McMechan and Danya Jimenez, who write together under the moniker Hanya, production designer Mingjue Helen Chen (Raya and the Last Dragon, Big Hero 6) and art director Ami Thompson (Raya and the Last Dragon, Ralph Breaks the Internet).
An official release date for K-Pop: Demon Hunters has yet to be revealed.