The Witch Boy animated musical heading to Netflix

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Netflix will be releasing The Witch Boy, a new musical animated film about a magical world.

According to a report by Deadline, the project will be directed by Oscar-nominated director, Minkyu Lee (Adam and Dog) and will be based on the trilogy of novels written by Molly Ostertag. It will be produced by Vertigo Entertainment and released by Netflix. The film will feature original music by three-time Grammy nominated band Haim.

Here is the official synopsis of the film:

“In a secret, magical community where girls are born to be witches and boys grow into shapeshifters, Aster is surprised to discover his emerging and extraordinary witch powers. When a mysterious danger threatens his world, Aster must embark on a journey to uncover the truth behind himself, his powers, and everything that is magical.”

Minkyu Lee shared this statement about the project:

“It has been a life-long dream of mine to create an animated film that pushes the medium forward, both in content and form. The connection between this dream, my experiences, and Aster and Juniper’s story is what draws me to this film every day. I am grateful to be creating this with the wonderful team at Netflix. My hope is that this film, by celebrating queerness and “otherness”, will come to audiences around the world as something truly special.”

The Witch Boy is the latest addition to the streaming service’s growing slate of animated originals including Klaus, Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys, Glen Keane’s Over the Moon; as well as the Fall 2021 comedy Back to the Outback directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure, Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast, Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Wendy Rogers’ The Magician’s Elephant, and an Aardman sequel to Chicken Run.

Watch this space for more updates on The Witch Boy.