Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures Animation have sold the worldwide rights of The Mitchells vs. The Machines, formerly known as Connected, to Netflix.
The official synopsis is as follows:
When Katie Mitchell, a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are completely upended when her nature-loving dad Rick plans for an ultimate family road trip. This means instead of flying there as she planned, Rick, her wildly positive mom Linda, her quirky little brother Aaron, and the family’s pet pug Monchi, will drive Katie to her school together. However, Rick’s plan of getting all of them to truly bond as a family for one last time is suddenly interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices that Katie, Linda, Aaron and most all other people love – from mobile phones to home appliances to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it is time to take over. With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world.
The report states that they understand that Netflix have paid over $100m to secure the rights from Sony, which originally had the animated film scheduled for release last year but kept being pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic and after the studio saw the box office gross for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet last September, they pushed the film to spring of this year…that is until Netflix acquired it.
The film is directed by Mike Rianda, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Rowe, with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller serving as producers.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines has a voice cast that includes Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman and Blake Griffin.