Rejoice, fellow bronies. Hasbro is finally making the My Little Pony film you’ve been asking for. Variety reports that Hasbro has greenlit a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic feature-length animated movie, which it will release in 2017.
The film will produced through Allspark Pictures, a new Hasbro entertainment production company. The firm will be responsible for financing its upcoming films by either self-financing or teaming up with other companies to co-produce. The first film Allspark Pictures will produce for Hasbro is a live-action version of Jem and the Holograms, which is due out October 23, 2015.
If you were worried that Hasbro won’t do the film justice, never fear. Hasbro is going to be producing and financing it in-house, using the same team that works on the wildly popular television show. And yes, it will feature the ponies, not their human counterparts found in the Equestria Girls spin-off movies. Hasbro also is planning a wide theatrical release to get it “on the broadest possible number of screens.” So, get your brony costumes ready, the midnight showings are going to be insane.
Joe Ballarini will pen the script and Megan McCarthy, who currently produces and writes for the MLP: FIM TV series, will serve as co-executive producer. No word on who will direct. And before people ask, it’s unlikely that the series developer Lauren Faust will return to the franchise, since she’s currently directing Medusa for Sony Pictures Animation.
Some argue that this announcement might have come a bit too late, claiming that the series already hit its peak. It is nearing in on its 100th episode soon and is show in over 180 countries worldwide, but will the fandom still be around in 2017? Only time will tell.
The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic film will hit theatres in 2017.