Hello Kitty to make her big screen debut

NEW YORK — Hello Kitty might not have a mouth but she's got a movie deal.

Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema announced Tuesday that it has acquired film rights to Hello Kitty from the Japanese corporation Sanrio. The 45-year-old iconic feline has never been turned into a movie despite its merchandising ubiquity.

New Line said it will quickly begin work on a script to put a film into production. Sanrio also granted film rights to other characters including Gudetama, My Melody and Little Twin Stars.

Warner Bros. has had success with toy adaptations before, including "The Lego Movie." That film's sequel, however, has underperformed at the box office since opening last month.

Hello Kitty presents potentially steeper challengers, though. She doesn't talk or, for the most part, change facial expressions.

Must Read

Terror threats transform China's Uighur heartland...

Mar 30, 2017

US-CHINA-XINJIANG-SECURITY-INSIGHT:Terror threats transform China's Uighur heartland into security...

Some Chinese migrant workers feel targeted by...

May 8, 2017

US-CHINA-HUTONGS:Some Chinese migrant workers feel targeted by Beijing's clean-up of ancient hutongs

China's sharing app boom floods sidewalks with...

May 12, 2017

US-CHINA-BIKESHARING-APP:China's sharing app boom floods sidewalks with bicycles

China banking regulator tightens rules on WMPs,...

May 16, 2017

US-CHINA-BANKS-REGULATION:China banking regulator tightens rules on WMPs, flags more curbs

China seeks safe steering of bike-sharing boom to...

May 23, 2017

US-CHINA-BIKE-SHARING:China seeks safe steering of bike-sharing boom to clear cluttered streets

Sign up now!