Hasbro Sets My Little Pony Movie For 2017

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Hasbro Sets My Little Pony Movie For 2017

MLP

Toy horse franchise will head back to theaters in new animated feature

Apart from a limited theatrical run for the pilot of the humanoid Equestria Girls spin-off in 2013, Hasbro's long-running My Little Pony franchise hasn't been seen in movie theaters since 1986's My Little Pony: The Movie. But that's about to change.

Hasbro Studios has given a greenlight to a new animated feature-film for the franchise, which will be produced through the company's new production-sharing arm Allspark Pictures; which is currently putting the finishing touches on the live-action Jem & The Holograms movie. It is not known whether the film will be related to the current television incarnation of the series (MLP: Friendship is Magic) or another reinvention of the characters/concept.

Joe Ballarini (Ice Age: Continental Drift) will pen the screenplay, while Friendship is Magic writer/producer Megan McCarthy will executive produce. Hasbro is currently awaiting the box-office results of its first theatrical horror-franchise, the board-game-based shocker Ouija, due in U.S. theaters this week.

Source: Variety

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If Lauren Faust isn't attached to this, i can't imagine this will do well.

DTWolfwood:
If Lauren Faust isn't attached to this, i can't imagine this will do well.

Lauren Faust hasn't been attached to MLP since the first season (and arguably a couple of the earlier episodes of season 2), and it's been doing great. She isn't, and never was, the ONLY thing good about FiM.

Anyways, this intrigues me. This being tied to Friendship is Magic seems obvious, but if that's the case, then why are they doing this differently than the previous two films?

Perhaps this means we'll get a legitimate, non-Equestria Girls MLP movie, then. I like Equestria Girls well enough, but a full-length movie in the main universe would be awesome. Fingers crossed.

2017? I'm not too clued up on the MLP fandom, but wouldn't a MLP movie released tomorrow represent missing the boat by a considerable margin, let alone three years in the future?

Batou667:
2017? I'm not too clued up on the MLP fandom, but wouldn't a MLP movie released tomorrow represent missing the boat by a considerable margin, let alone three years in the future?

That was pretty much my first thought too. Have these people never heard the phrase "strike while the iron is hot?"

Batou667:
2017? I'm not too clued up on the MLP fandom, but wouldn't a MLP movie released tomorrow represent missing the boat by a considerable margin, let alone three years in the future?

Oh, hardly. The fandom may have slowed its growth considerably since 2011, but the franchise itself has been going from strength to strength. I think MLP has been far and away the most profitable Hasbro toy property for a couple of years now; regardless of how the fandom's doing, FiM is doing very well for itself amongst its target audience. Plotting out a movie for 2017 is certainly long-term thinking, but it's not a hubristic or bad business decision, based on how the property is currently doing.

I'd be interested to see what this ends up as, though, seeing as Hasbro is apparently keeping the alt-universe Equestria Girls franchise running for now. A new movie direction? Ending Friendship is magic? Kicking off a new generation? Something else entirely? A lot of time will tell, I suppose.

I'm trying to keep an open mind, but that new Jem & The Holograms movie looks AWFUL. This can't be a good omen.

Batou667:
2017? I'm not too clued up on the MLP fandom, but wouldn't a MLP movie released tomorrow represent missing the boat by a considerable margin, let alone three years in the future?

Not judging by the business Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks did last month.

I wish hasbro would actually make a full on proper Transformers animated or CGI movie that isn't being done by Bay, I normally don't mind his movies as much but I really wish hasbro paid more attention to that franchise considering MLP has gone on for about 5 seasons now with TF's last show which went on for only 2 and a half and still a long wait until the new show comes out, all it has going for the franchise are the figures from their end.

Dimitriov:

Batou667:
2017? I'm not too clued up on the MLP fandom, but wouldn't a MLP movie released tomorrow represent missing the boat by a considerable margin, let alone three years in the future?

That was pretty much my first thought too. Have these people never heard the phrase "strike while the iron is hot?"

Hardly, its still going strong and for some reason bob forgot about the limited theatrical run of Rainbow Rocks which was sold out down here.

MovieBob:
Megan McCarthy will executive produce.

Okay Miss McCarthy, you've gone a bit Anakin Skywalker what with Equestria Girls but if this is straight pony I know you can do it.

Hang on, 2017, so it won't be made in flash I presume.

PunkRex:

Okay Miss McCarthy, you've gone a bit Anakin Skywalker what with Equestria Girls

DONT BELIEVE HER LIES

Oh perfect every theater in America will be filled with basement dwelling fedora wearing neck beards. No thank you

Tyranicus:
Oh perfect every theater in America will be filled with basement dwelling fedora wearing neck beards. No thank you

Ha, as opposed to what? Every hotel convention hall? Or every movie theater on say...a DC/Marvel movie premier?
I've been to ComicCon and to a brony con. One had Joss Whedon attending, the other had Tara Strong. I'll let you guess which drew out the weirder, more obsessed, crazy, smelly and fedora wearing crowd.

(Hint: It was the group with the Buffy fangirls)

Okay, Hasbro, your Ouija movie looks terrible. However, you make yourselves a Ouija: Friendship is Magic movie, you have yourselves a winner.

Well... Im in!

cannae wait for it, more pony is always a plus

What's this? A MLP news on the Escapist? Last time I remember the last time they posted a pony news on here it was a world of shitstorm, yet again that was a couple of years ago during when it had reach it peak so hopefully people now have mellow out (I hoped).

OT- I thinking it's a different movie which is not related to Equestian girl since that is too far away for an sequel to EG (I really want to know what will happened in the third film now given the end credit from Rainbow Rocks).

Batou667:
2017? I'm not too clued up on the MLP fandom, but wouldn't a MLP movie released tomorrow represent missing the boat by a considerable margin, let alone three years in the future?

Only if they were targeting the ironic 4chan demographic, which was always pretty insignificant compared either to little girls, or even to hardcore bronies.

While there were many memes about MLP around 2011, the fandom itself is more than just a meme, it has mostly stabilized as a community that keeps waiting for all new seasons and episodes, and amuses itself with fan works and conventions in-between.

As a mainstream francise, MLP is doing extremely well, toy sales are up, and series ratings are growing. The apparent "fad" status of pony memes from the Internet geekdom's perspective, is of little relevance to Hasbro.

...greeeeaat...

just when things were starting to cooldown, i really hope bronies dont start shoving their stuff down everyone's throat... more than usual

So how will they screw this one up?

Putting my money on live action/CGI hybrid like the Garfield movies.

NuclearKangaroo:
...greeeeaat...

just when things were starting to cooldown, i really hope bronies dont start shoving their stuff down everyone's throat... more than usual

I'd welcome the MLP threads.
Make a nice cheerful change from the GG threads.

Plus they're hardly shoving it down anyone's throats any more, considering there's a new season airing right now and I only know that because I looked it up on Google.

OK, I derped and misread Google.
Still, MLP threads > GG threads, regardless of whoever is making them.

Uh, MovieBob.... you kinda forgot that the sequel to Equestria Girls just hit limited theaters a couple weeks back. The 2013 Equestria Girls is not the most recent movie. Just giving you a heads up, and I don't mean any offense by this if it comes across that way. :)

NuclearKangaroo:
...greeeeaat...

just when things were starting to cooldown, i really hope bronies dont start shoving their stuff down everyone's throat... more than usual

Lolwut? Apologies if I'm being rude here, but how are things just now cooling down? Pony-wise, things have been pretty calm on the Escapist as well as the internet in general for quite some time, with the only extreme brony on these boards in recent memory having been banned quite a while back.

On top of that, I'd much rather see an overabundance of people going "Isn't this one thing TOTALLY AWESOME?!?!" as opposed to the all too common trend of "Isn't this one person, group, or thing absolutely evil and needs its ass nailed to the wall?" that keeps flooding both the Escapist and the internet at large. Not just talking GG there, btw, but all of these controversies coming out the ass that makes these forums - especially Off Topic - such a miserable place to be.

Sassafrass:
I'd welcome the MLP threads.
Make a nice cheerful change from the GG threads.

Plus they're hardly shoving it down anyone's throats any more, considering there's a new season airing right now and I only know that because I looked it up on Google.

Actually the new season doesn't start until next month, but they did just have the second Equestria Girls spin-off movie in theaters a couple weeks ago. There's quite a bit of fan buzz going around, but given how long the breaks between seasons have been bronies have learned how to cope without spamming everyone else.

OT: I'm really excited about this! That movie time frame is a little worrying, though.

Also, executive producer Meghan McCarthy implied on twitter that it is going to be based on the current iteration of the franchise:

https://twitter.com/MMeghanMcCarthy/status/524228179708231680

flying_whimsy:

Sassafrass:
I'd welcome the MLP threads.
Make a nice cheerful change from the GG threads.

Plus they're hardly shoving it down anyone's throats any more, considering there's a new season airing right now and I only know that because I looked it up on Google.

Actually the new season doesn't start until next month, but they did just have the second Equestria Girls spin-off movie in theaters a couple weeks ago. There's quite a bit of fan buzz going around, but given how long the breaks between seasons have been bronies have learned how to cope without spamming everyone else.

OT: I'm really excited about this! That movie time frame is a little worrying, though.

Also, executive producer Meghan McCarthy implied on twitter that it is going to be based on the current iteration of the franchise:

https://twitter.com/MMeghanMcCarthy/status/524228179708231680

Yeah, I misread the Wiki page somehow. XD

You know setting the movie a few years down the road isn't a bad idea. Like mentioned above, the only crowd that'd have walked away by then will be the meme machine crowds. If they was smart, they'd drop another nostalgia bait cartoon the year before to have that community bombard it, while the pony fans can enjoy the film. ESPECIALLY since by 2017 they'd have another line of little girls able to jump aboard.

Extending or rebooting a franchise based on the cataclysmic ending to a movie could keep MLP going for many more seasons.

As for myself, eh. I don't see this as a bad thing at all. As franchises go you can do a LOT worse then MLP, and seeing that people are trying to get JEM, Rainbow Brite and the ilk off the ground makes me feel a small bit of anticipation when I'll be seeing my Bucky O'Hares, Reboots, Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys, Pirates of Dark Waters, or Swat Kats..

It's only time...

flying_whimsy:

Actually the new season doesn't start until next month, but they did just have the second Equestria Girls spin-off movie in theaters a couple weeks ago. There's quite a bit of fan buzz going around, but given how long the breaks between seasons have been bronies have learned how to cope without spamming everyone else.

you're wrong on the new season premiere. no date has been set for S5, except for the ambiguous "2015". Equestria Academy could be in November, if it's an actual series.

It's about time.

Yal:
So how will they screw this one up?

Putting my money on live action/CGI hybrid like the Garfield movies.

From the director who brought you "The Smurfs" and "The Smurfs 2", and the creative team behind "Alvin and the Chipmunks" comes My Little Pony. Rob Schneider plays Barry Goldman, the owner of a failing pony ride business in New York City. You'll laugh and cry as you watch him try to reconnect with his children while trying to stay afloat in this bad economy. But all that changes when one day a mirror portal accident drops six magical ponies into his life. Twilight Sparkle, voiced by Britney spears, Rarity voiced by Miley Cyrus, Pinkie Pie voiced by Katy Perry,Rainbow Dash voiced by Taylor Swift, Flutter Shy voiced by Selina Gomez, and Apple Jack voiced by Carry Underwood will teach Barry the true meaning of friendship and save his business, and his relationship with his kids in this action packed musical.

Written by M. Night Shyamalan. An Michael Bay production.

uhohimdead:

flying_whimsy:

Actually the new season doesn't start until next month, but they did just have the second Equestria Girls spin-off movie in theaters a couple weeks ago. There's quite a bit of fan buzz going around, but given how long the breaks between seasons have been bronies have learned how to cope without spamming everyone else.

you're wrong on the new season premiere. no date has been set for S5, except for the ambiguous "2015". Equestria Academy could be in November, if it's an actual series.

Last I saw, while "2015" is seen a lot, it's listed as starting in November under the "Selling points" section.

Ukomba:
It's about time.

Yal:
So how will they screw this one up?

Putting my money on live action/CGI hybrid like the Garfield movies.

From the director who brought you "The Smurfs" and "The Smurfs 2", and the creative team behind "Alvin and the Chipmunks" comes My Little Pony. Rob Schneider plays Barry Goldman, the owner of a failing pony ride business in New York City. You'll laugh and cry as you watch him try to reconnect with his children while trying to stay afloat in this bad economy. But all that changes when one day a mirror portal accident drops six magical ponies into his life. Twilight Sparkle, voiced by Britney spears, Rarity voiced by Miley Cyrus, Pinkie Pie voiced by Katy Perry,Rainbow Dash voiced by Taylor Swift, Flutter Shy voiced by Selina Gomez, and Apple Jack voiced by Carry Underwood will teach Barry the true meaning of friendship and save his business, and his relationship with his kids in this action packed musical.

Written by M. Night Shyamalan. A Michael Bay production.

Here, have an internet. You earned it.
Day made.

O-T: I'm really excited by the announcement, and have really high hopes, given how awesome Equestria Girls and Rainbow Rocks were. Heck, I just bought the Rainbow Rocks soundtrack last night, and I've had it on repeat whenever I haven't been going through Dragon Age: Origins again, or playing Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f

Ukomba:

From the director who brought you "The Smurfs" and "The Smurfs 2"...

Don't forget, JJ Arbams is directing, the team from "Food Fight" is doing special effects, Nicolas Cage is voicing Princess Celestia, it's cowritten by Stephenie Meyer, and finally we have FRED and the Annoying Orange both doing narration.

NuclearKangaroo:
...greeeeaat...

just when things were starting to cooldown, i really hope bronies dont start shoving their stuff down everyone's throat... more than usual

Hell yeah we're going to shove it down your throat, open wide! Sorry, but whenever I hear people moaning about bronies "shoving things down their throats" they're posting in the comments of a youtube pony mashup, as if somehow you were forced to watch it.

I was excited about this until I read the article. Three years down the road? The writer for the last Ice Age movie? Unknown if it's attached to Twilight and her friends--oh, never mind. Megan just said that it is about them. Seeing that Megan is attached to it give me hope, but I'm not as excited as I should be I think. Sad face...
At least Rainbow Rocks comes out next week and I can finally watch it.

Jsan the Candyman:

Ukomba:

From the director who brought you "The Smurfs" and "The Smurfs 2"...

Don't forget, JJ Arbams is directing, the team from "Food Fight" is doing special effects, Nicolas Cage is voicing Princess Celestia, it's cowritten by Stephenie Meyer, and finally we have FRED and the Annoying Orange both doing narration.

Christopher Walken voicing Twilight Sparkle, come on we gotta have something good from this right?

Jsan the Candyman:

Ukomba:

From the director who brought you "The Smurfs" and "The Smurfs 2"...

Don't forget, JJ Arbams is directing, the team from "Food Fight" is doing special effects, Nicolas Cage is voicing Princess Celestia, it's cowritten by Stephenie Meyer, and finally we have FRED and the Annoying Orange both doing narration.

That sounds like the perfect team for the live action Equestria Girls movie... excuse me while I go throw-up a little.

Ohhhh noooo, it's going to be just like that one Anon in the PTS prophecized!
The Horror!

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