It might really be happening, people, so gird your loins: an Emoji movie might be on the way — and if I were you, I wouldn't be so quick to judge it. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Animation secured the rights to the Emoji for an animated feature film, after an auction with two other studios. That's right — a movie based on the popular emoticons people use on their phones.
I know: Even my first instinct when reading the news was "Has America gone too far?" But, honestly, after a moment I just let the idea of an Emoji film wash over me, and you should too.
The movie will be written by Anthony Leondis and Eric Siegel, with Leondis directing. To win the rights to Emojis, they reportedly had to show a storyboard — so it looks like they may already have a plot in mind. And, if the curmudgeon in you is lamenting the fall of film, lighten up, dude! Emoji are sensational, and this movie is an homage to a powerful little set of glyphs that capture the human experience, are changing the nature of communication and are SUPER cute.
Still not convinced? Here are six reasons why you should give the Emoji movie a chance, because you and I both know you're going to see it anyway:
1. Emoji Are More Powerful Than You Are
You can gripe and whine and resist all you want, but sooner or later, you'll have to face facts: Emoji are here to stay. Just about everyone on the globe with a smart phone uses them, and, as a result, Emoji have become one of the most successfully pervasive new languages of the digital age. Of COURSE there's gonna be a movie about them.
2. The Lego Movie Was Amazing
And I bet you wrote that off at first, too, and then felt pretty silly when it was AWESOME. Who knows — an Emoji movie could win an Academy Award before Leonardo Dicaprio.
3. Animated Films Are More Important Than You Think
Why continue to underestimate the power of an animated feature? Disney Pixar's Inside Out is one of the first films to talk honestly about depression in children. Wall-E made us sympathetic to a robot whose best friend is a cockroach. Up is honestly just RUDE in how devastatingly sad it is; the movie is a masterpiece and emotional rollercoaster all at once. What can't animated films teach us about ourselves?
4. It was going to happen eventually
Someone re-wrote Moby Dick using only Emoji. How HASN'T there been an animated feature made about the powerful little glyphs yet?
5. There's Incredible Voice Cast Potential Here
JUST THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIES.
In summation... I'm actually kind of excited about the possibility of this movie now, not going to lie.