Sony Pictures Animation has triumphed in a three-studio auction for an animated feature pitch inspired by those lovable 21st century pictographs: the Emoji. SPA has signed a deal with pitchman and director Anthony Leondis for nearly seven figures, according to Deadline.
Leondis (B.O.O., Igor, Lilo & Stitch 2) will co-write the project with Eric Siegel. The aggressive bidding was spearheaded by SPA president Kristine Belson — Sony’s Michelle Raimo Kouyate will produce the film.
No word on whether the project was made possible by the recent launch of the long-awaited taco Emoji.