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Nimona is a cancelled computer-animated fantasy adventure film to be directed by Patrick Osborne. Based on the webcomic of the same name by Noelle Stevenson, the film was to be produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Studios (under Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) with a release date of January 14, 2022. The film was later cancelled due to the announcement of Blue Sky Studios' closure.

Cast

  • Chloë Grace Moretz as Nimona
  • Riz Ahmed as Blackheart

Production/Development

In June 2015, 20th Century Fox Animation acquired the rights for an animated feature film adaptation of Nimona, a webcomic by Noelle Stevenson. Patrick Osborne was set to direct the film with and Marc Haimes set to write the script. The film was to be produced by Blue Sky Studios alongside Vertigo Entertainment. In June 2017, 20th Century Fox scheduled Nimona to be released on February 14, 2020. The film was set to be the first use of Conduit by those who work at Blue Sky Studios, a system that allows artists to "find, track, version and quality control their work."

In May 2019, after Disney's acquisition of Fox, the film was delayed to March 5, 2021. In November 2019, the film was delayed again to January 14, 2022. Through 2020 there was word that the film would be released in 2022, Stevenson stated in June 2020 that the film was still happening, and said the same in an August 2020 podcast. In August of that same year, Den of Geek reported that the animated film was still scheduled to be released in 2022, but gave no further details, with Deadline reporting the same in October.

Cancellation

On February 9, 2021, Disney announced the shut down of Blue Sky Studios, with the film adaptation being cancelled consequently. Following the announcement, Stevenson said it was a "sad day" and that they wished the best for everyone who worked at Blue Sky Studios, while Osborne said he was "truly heartbroken" that the studio was closing its doors. Webcomics commenter Gary Tyrrell criticized the decision, saying, "[Disney] could have allowed a very different kind of young heroine... I mourn for those who would have found a vision of themselves in an animated version". Sources told CBR that the film was "75% complete". Anonymous staffers at Blue Sky interviewed by Business Insider bemoaned the cancellation of the film, calling it "heartbreaking," arguing that the film "didn't look like anything else in the animated world," and saying that they believe it will never "be completed and released." One staffer revealed that before being cancelled, the film was "on track" to be finished by October 2021. In March 2021, it was reported that the unfinished film was being shopped around to other studios to be completed. It was also revealed that Chloë Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed were to have voiced Nimona and Blackheart, respectively. Later that same month, a former animator at Blue Sky, Rick Fournier, stated that the studio was "very very close" to getting the film finished, but that they "found out it simply was not doable." Had it been made, it would have been Blue Sky's first film with LGBT representation, as a few staffers confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the film had an "I love you" scene between Blackheart and Goldenloin.

In June 2021, Mey Rude, a writer for Out, said she still held out "hope that this film … will find its way back to life somehow."

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  17. ^  From 3:15:57 to 3:16:46 in the video, ND says, "I can't say much about it, but I can tell you, its still happening, its exciting, and its gonna blow your mind, um yeah, hang in there, its coming. Its really cool. There was a lot of unrest in Fox getting merged with Disney for a while. Its so cool that...I remember when Disney released their slate for that year and it was like Untitled Star Wars project, Untitled Disney like animated film, Untitled Pixar film, and then there's like Nimona in the middle of it. It was so cool. So, yeah, its still happening and you're gonna love it."
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  29. ^ "9 New, Upcoming Queer Animated Films & Shorts We're Dying to See". Out. July 1, 2021. Archived from the original on July 1, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
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