Netflix Buys New Film From Spider-Verse Producers, The Mitchells Vs. The Machines

Netflix has acquired The Mitchells vs. the Machines, an original animated sci-fi family film from Oscar-winning producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller–the pair behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The film, which was originally titled Connected, was also originally due out in theaters October 23 but was delayed due to the pandemic. It’s now expected to hit the streaming service sometime later this year.

Directed by Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls), the film is an original animated comedy “about an everyday family’s struggle to relate while technology rises up around the world. When Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time).”

In a quote from Rianda in a release announcing the streaming platform’s acquisition of the film, the director explains that the movie is autobiographical. “This is a very personal movie about my very weird family,” says Rianda. “I’m so grateful to all the incredible artists that poured their love and passion into this project to make it a reality, and to everyone at Sony who believed in us and were on board to make a different kind of animated movie.”

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