Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated pic “Klaus,” the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of “Despicable Me.”

The all-star voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Joan Cusack.

The film is a Christmas family comedy that tells the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. The screenplay is written by Pablos, Zach Lewis, and Jim Mahoney, based on an original story by Pablos.

“How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus?,” Pablos said. “He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world! We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”

Tanguy Olivier, Gustavo Ferrada, and Marisa Roman are serving as producers. The film is co-produced by Pablos’ animation studio SPA Studios and Atresmedia Cine, and executive produced by Jinko Gotoh.

The movie blends traditional and modern animation and includes innovative techniques such as complex, interactive lighting and the use of advanced texturing capabilities. Toon Boom Harmony will provide strategic technological support.

The film will be available globally in 2019.

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