ESCAPE FROM HAT to be Adapted as Animated Feature Film at Netflix

The next animated feature film in in Netflix’s growing slate of original programming for families will be Escape From Hat, which will be spearheaded by Academy Award-nominated director and producer Mark Osborne.

Escape From Hat, written by Adam Kline and featuring illustrations from Brian Taylor, was published in 2012. The book tells the story of Leek, a heroic rabbit thrown into an unlucky situation, trapped in the land of Hat. The dark realm of Hat is run by Millikin and his black cats, which seek to spread bad luck to all they come in contact with. Leek, the ‘Lucky Rabbit’, only wants to navigate Hat in hopes of returning to Cecil Bean, the boy he’s sworn to protect and whose luck has turned for the worse.

“Netflix is shaking up the animated feature world in highly inventive ways, including offering filmmakers the rare opportunity to turn their dream project into a reality,” Osborne said. “I’m thrilled that Escape From Hat is now one of them.”

Osborne is best-known for his directorial duties on projects like The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and Kung Fu Panda. He also most-recently directed and produced The Little Prince. He, along with Jinko Gotoh, who is currently a producer for another animated Netflix film, due out in 2019, Klaus, will spearhead the project together. Gotoh is best known for her work on Finding Nemo and 9, but just recently guided Lego Movie 2: The Second Part into post-production.

No news yet on a cast or when production will begin, but the animated feature film is currently tabbed for release in winter of 2022.

Click HERE for the official Netflix press release on the upcoming animated feature film.

What do you think, are you excited to see Netflix continue to make additions to its animated film slate? What other children’s books would you like to see become animated feature films? Let us know in the comments section below.

By Michael Stagno

Michael is a New England native and fluent in Italian. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism (RTVF) from Auburn University. He is a BIG fan of the Boston sports scene, X-Men and X-Force. He loves his black lab (named Yaz), pop culture, science, space and gaming. He's also a crossfitter, paddleboarder, and marathoner.

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