Netflix has acquired the exclusive global rights to the animated feature KLAUS, which will serve as the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos. Pablos is the co-creator and writer of Despicable Me for Universal’s Illumination Studios J.K Simmons, Jason Schwartzman, Joan Cusack, and Rashida Jones have already signed on the project, which makes for an impressive cast.
The family film will tell the story of a desperate postman who accidentally brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. Pablos, Zach Lewis, and Jim Mahoney wrote the screenplay, based on an original story by Pablos. In a recent statement, Pablos said “How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus? He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world! We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”
Sergio’s screen credits include Despicable Me, Rio, Treasure Planet, and Tarzan. Sergio helms the the SPA studios, where Despicable Me originated, along with the upcoming Klaus. The Netflix Original will be available just in time for Christmas in 2019.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern