Funko Film could go ahead as a streaming series according to the CEO
Over the past few years, the Funko Pop toy line has taken the world by storm. Sitting on the shelves of many entertainment consumers, it’s only natural that Funko would want to do an animated project featuring the cute characters. But what kind of project? Movie or series? It seems that this question does not yet have a definitive answer.
During the Wednesday night preview at San Diego Comic-Con, the newly promoted CEO Andrew Perlmutter made some comments to Variety regarding the on-screen future of the Funko IP. After praising Disney+ streaming shows, especially The MandalorianPerlmutter went on to say that he thinks the company would be “happy with a streaming movie or show. I don’t think we have a strong preference anymore. I think if you had asked us there is five years it would have been a movie, but I’m not so sure that’s the case anymore.
The Funko movie was first announced in September 2019. In partnership with Warner Bros. Animation, the film was to be directed by Marc Dindal (The Emperor’s New Routine) and Newton teddy bear (Day Night), with a scenario by Newton. With Dindal currently working on Sony’s animation Garfield film, we do not know if he is still attached to the project. Perlmutter also doesn’t confirm anything, including the studio, saying the company is “in conversation with a lot of different people all the time.”
However, he noted that “there is an overwhelming desire on the part of people to participate in the Funko IP, whether in TV streaming or movies. And we assess which is the right partnership. What’s really important to us is that the brand is treated in the way we need it to be treated to ensure it hits all the right notes and delivers the experience we seek to have. As for when viewers can expect to see Funko on screen? Perlmutter says nothing is set to be announced, including a timeline for the project.
Funko was founded by Mike Becker in the late 1990s in Washington State. In addition to its headquarters in Everett, Washington, fans can shop in person at the Los Angeles storefront, which opened in 2019. Also in 2019, Funko acquired fashion company Loungefly, and the month last they acquired Mondo from Alamo Drafthouse.
As part of SDCC 2022, Funko has released several exclusive figures, which are expected to sell out quickly. These include Ted Lasso, Loki’s Miss Minutes, and Peacemaker. For a preview of what Funko has to offer at SDCC, check out the video below: