Netflix picks up an animated movie from Into The Spider-Verse producers


Netflix has added another movie to the mammoth slate of original films it’s releasing this year. It scooped up the worldwide rights (excluding China) to animated flick The Mitchells vs. The Machines, which was previously called Connected.

Sony Pictures originally planned to release the film in theaters last October, but it now won’t hit Netflix until later this year. Netflix reportedly spent more than $100 million to acquire the rights, according to Variety.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is about a family who are struggling to relate to each other as technology plays a larger role in their lives. On a cross-country road trip to take eldest daughter Katie to college, helper robots and other machines emerge as a threat to their family bonding time.

Along with a talented voice cast (which includes Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph and Danny McBride), The Mitchells vs. The Machines has plenty of behind-the-scenes clout. Among the producers of the film are Philip Lord and Christopher Miller, who were behind the likes of The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Director and co-writer Mike Rianda previously worked on Gravity Falls.

Update 1/21 3:10PM ET: Amended the details of Sony Pictures’ original release plans.