Get ready for the emoji movie: Sony wins bidding war to make a film based on the colourful pictograms. The project will be co-written by Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis.
Sony Pictures Animation has always existed as the odd cousin of animation titans Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks. Its movies have grossed a fair amount of money, and a few of them have even gotten positive reviews, but none of them approached the cultural impact. Will this production be a breakthrough?
A brief history
Emoji is fairly new in the United States with manufactures like Apple and Samsung. However, the history of Emoji goes back much further, Emoji comes from Japan, somewhat similar to the old emoticons, but much richer in different meanings. They proved to be so flexible and versatile that using them can be expressed not only basic emotions, but also to rewrite known literary works, create poems or depict the movie plots. Although the emoji roots go back to Japan today is a sort of international common language, successfully entering into the role that over a century ago, Esperanto used to have. As is usual with such inventions – some wring their hands, lamenting over Emoji being the withdrawal in development of humanity, and other defend emoji, treating them as a convenient and simple way to express what in traditional notation would require many words.
People love emoji
Emoji icons had a great impact on popular culture, to the extent that on July 17 we celebrated the World Day of Emoji and soon we will see it on the big screen. We do not know any details of the plot of the film. We know, however, that production will be entirely animated, directed and written by creator of “Lilo & Stitch 2” Anthony Leondis and screenwriter of “Silver Linings Playbook” Michelle Raimo Kouyate.