Jared and Jerusha Hess to adapt Thelma the Unicorn for Netflix
Staff Reporter | On 06, Jun 2019
Jared Hess (Masterminds, The Last Man on Earth) and Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) are teaming up to adapt Thelma the Unicorn for Netflix.
Written by Aaron Blabey, the book has sold over 1.6 million copies to date and has been distributed in 14 countries around the world. The success of Blabey’s novels has landed him on The New York Times bestselling list for 32 weeks.
Thelma the Unicorn is a joyful story about learning to love who you are… even if you don’t have sparkles. When a rare pink and glitter-filled moment of fate makes Thelma the Pony’s wish of being a unicorn come true, she rises to instant international pop-superstar stardom, but at an unexpected cost.
Blabey and Patrick Hughes of Foundation Media Partners are executive producers, with Jerusha co-writing with Jared, who is also directing.
Jared and Jerusha say: “We are huge fans of Aaron’s work. The lovable misfits in his books feel right at home for us. It is a dream come true to be collaborating with him and Netflix on an animated feature of Thelma the Unicorn.”
Blabey adds: “I’m beyond excited that my beautiful phoney Unicorn is going to sparkle her way onto the screen in a big, glittery Netflix film. Thelma is SO ready for her close-up!”
Thelma the Unicorn joins Netflix’s growing feature animation slate, which includes Pachamama (arriving this weekend) as well as upcoming titles Klaus from director Sergio Pablos and SPA Studios, The Willoughbys from director Kris Pearn and BRON Studios, and Over The Moon from director Glen Keane and Pearl Studios, as well as the award-winning adult animated feature I Lost My Body from director Jérémy Clapin and Xilam Animation, which Netflix recently acquired at Cannes.