Even if you've never seen a single episode, chances are you've heard of Adventure Time, either through a child in your life, an adult who really loves cartoons, or a glimpse at any of the dozens of pieces of tie-in merchandise generated by what's become a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon. Over the last five years, creator Pendleton Ward's story of a 12-year-old boy and his shapeshifting dog having post-apocalyptic adventures in the midst of Ice Kings, Vampire Queens and Bubblegum Princesses has won over countless fans, and now it's getting a chance to reach even more.
Deadline reports that an Adventure Time feature film is in development at Warner Bros., a studio that's enjoying renewed success in animation after the critically acclaimed blockbuster The LEGO Movie hit last year. Cartoon Network Studios is expected to collaborate with the studio on the project, and Ward -- who stepped down as Adventure Time showrunner during season five but remains a writer and storyboard artist for the series -- will have "some involvement" as a writer and producer on the project.
On the Warner Bros. side of things, the project is led by producers and animation veterans Chris McKay and Roy Lee. Lee's producing credits include How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The LEGO Movie, and he's set to play a major role in Warner Bros.' LEGO future as a producer on Ninjago, The LEGO Movie Sequel and The LEGO Batman Movie. McKay has spent a lot of time working with Cartoon Network already, having served as a director and producer on the stop-motion series Titan Maximum, Moral Orel and Robot Chicken, where he directed or co-directed more than 40 episodes. He was also recently announced as the director for The LEGO Batman Movie.
There's no word yet on a plot, or a script, or a potential director for the film, but it's obvious that there's an audience for an Adventure Time movie, and Warner Bros. has put two of its brightest forces in animation on the project already. So we can't wait to see where this goes next.