Nimona Heads to Netflix


Seven years ago, Fox Animation announced an animated adaptation of the graphic novel Nimona by ND Stevenson The rights for a film were acquired by Fox Animation in June 2015 to be produced by Blue Sky Studios. The film was to be released February 14, 2020. Starting as a webcomic in June 2012 the series was also Stevenson’s senior thesis at Maryland Institute College of Art.

After the acquisition of Fox by Disney, the film was announced that it’d finally be released in January 2022. But, the film was canceled after Disney shut down Blue Sky. It came out recently that Disney had issues with a same-sex kiss in the film.

Now, we get some good news. Early last year, Netflix teamed with Annapurna Pictures to revive Nimona. Animation is underway by DNEG Animation with Blue Sky veterans directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. Roy Lee, Karen Ryan, and Julie Zackary are producing, with Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison, and Andrew Millstein on board as executive producers.

The film is set to be released in 2023.

Netflix’s official synopsis for the film reads:

A Knight is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona, a shape-shifting teen who might also be a monster he’s sworn to kill. Set in a techno-medieval world unlike anything animation has tackled before, this is a story about the labels we assign to people and the shapeshifter who refuses to be defined by anyone.

Some casting has been announced including Chloë Grace Moretz as titular protagonist Nimona, Riz Ahmed as Ballister Boldheart, and Eugene Lee Yang as Ambrosius Goldenloin.