Netflix Acquires Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Animated 'The Mitchells vs. The Machines'

The Mitchells vs. The Machines
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Made by Sony Pictures Animation, the film previously titled 'Connected,' was initially scheduled for a 2020 theatrical release and then pulled due to the pandemic.

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights (with the exception of China) to The Mitchells vs. The Machines from Sony Pictures Animation. The animated comedy, which was previously titled Connected and is now back with its original name, was produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative team behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Lego Movie.

The streaming service plans to release the movie later this year. Under the name Connected, the film was scheduled for a 2020 theatrical release, but Sony took it off the schedule amid the pandemic.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is about an everyday family's struggle to relate while technology rises up around the world. In the story, Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams and her whole family decides to drive Katie to school together and bond as a family.

The voice cast is led by Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman, Blake Griffin and Doug The Pug. It's directed by Mike Rianda and co-directed by Jeff Rowe from their original screenplay. Lord, Miller and Kurt Albrecht produced.

"We are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm Netflix has expressed for this movie with this acquisition and grateful to everyone at Sony for making a great picture with us and finding a big way to bring it to audiences,” said Lord and Miller in a released statement. “We’re really proud of the film we all made together, plus we understand our subscription fees are waived in perpetuity as part of the deal? We’re not lawyers but it does sound right to us.”

Netflix’s original slate of animated features includes upcoming comedy Back to the Outback directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure, Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast, Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Wendy Rogers The Magician’s Elephant and an Aardman sequel to Chicken Run.