Sony Pictures Animation has begun development on a brand new animated musical feature titled K-Pop: Demon Hunters from directors Maggie Kang (The Lego Ninjago Movie) and Chris Appelhans (Wish Dragon) centered on a music group balancing global fame with their secret identities of slaying spirits, according to Variety.
Training for the big debut. K-Pop: Demon Hunters is currently in development at Sony Animation.
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Due to the huge global following that K-Pop has been gaining over the years, it has successfully made its way to the U.S mainstream. Groups such as BigBang, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, EXO, BTS, Blackpink and Twice are some of the many acts that helped South Korean music attain worldwide recognition through their catchy tunes, unique styles and synchronized dances. K-Pop has also paved the way for the introduction of South Korean movies and TV shows to a much wider audience.
“Having been a fan of the genre since its beginnings in the ’90s, this film is my love letter to K-Pop and my Korean roots,” Kang said in a statement. “It encompasses and celebrates everything K-Pop is – it’s the film I would want to see as a lifelong fan and I hope the millions of K-Pop fans out there in the world will feel the same.”
K-Pop: Demon Hunters is being described as an action adventure that follows a world-renowned girl group, as they balance their lives in the spotlight with their secret identities as demon hunters and will be set against a colorful backdrop of fashion, food, style and music.
“[I] always wanted to do a film about the power of music – to unite, bring joy, build community,” Appelhans said in a statement. “K-Pop is the greatest embodiment of this in our lifetime, and we’re really excited to honor and showcase that through the lens of animation.”
K-Pop: Demon Hunters will be penned by writing team Hanya, consisting of Hannah McMechan and Danya Jimenez, with Oscar winner Aron Warner reuniting with Appelhans on the project as producer and Raya and the Last Dragon‘s production designer Mingjue Helen Chen and art director Ami Thompson also signing on to the creative team.