BURN EVERYTHING: Simon Cowell Is Giving The World A ‘Betty Boop’ Movie

Simon Cowell, known for everything from American Idol to creating One Direction, announced Thursday that he is bringing your great-grandparents’ favorite cartoon, Betty Boop, to the big screen.

Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Australian digital production house Animal Logic (Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby) will give Betty Boop her first music-driven, hybrid animated comedy with Boop’s owner Fleischer Studios. The feature will be the first to be made under the two companies’ joint venture announced in May.

Betty Boop is no stranger to the silver screen success. In the 1930s she experienced an eight-year run as one of the biggest draws in Hollywood. Her last movie appearance was a cameo in 1988’s blockbuster hit Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which you can view at the end of this post.

“Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world — I’m thrilled to be working with her. Betty, I’ve worked with some serious divas, but I think you could be the biggest of them all,” Cowell said.

Adam Milano, Syco’s head of film added: “Betty is the original funny girl and to be able to create a music-driven comedy with her at the center is an amazing opportunity.”

Animal Logic’s CEO Zareh Nalbandian said: “I’m thrilled that Animal Logic is part of this exciting new collaboration with Betty. She’s an amazing, iconic and loved character, and we’re going to have so much fun producing her 21st century big-screen debut.”

No cast or director has been announced at this time, and as no screenwriters have been named I think it’s safe to say those people have not been chosen yet either. No release date exists for this project, but knowing Cowell’s speediness I think a 2016 release date would not be unreasonable. We’ll bring you more information as soon as additional details begin to surface.

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