Matthew Cherry has had one of the best year’s to date and it isn’t even summertime. The Blackkklansman executive producer has had amazing success with directing new shows such as Whiskey Cavalier and The Red Line. Yet, the talented A-lister isn’t stopping there. He’s about to conquer uncharted territory—animation.
After raising a record-breaking amount on Kickstarter for his new animated short film, Hair Love, Cherry has now partnered with Sony Pictures Animation to go even bigger with the project.
“In the past year, it has been very clear that audiences have been yearning to see fresh stories that are universal and culturally authentic,” says SPA President Kristine Belson of the Cherry written and co-helmed pic focusing on an African-American dad being put in charge of doing his little girl’s hair for the first time. “Hair Love is a wonderful father-daughter story and we are proud to nurture talented young filmmakers like Matthew who are breaking new ground,” the exec added.
In addition to the short film, Cherry will also see his project become a book, due out May 14th, published by Kokila Books/Penguin Random House.
“It was important to get this story out there and we are so grateful to Sony Pictures Animation for their generous support in helping us make that happen,” Cherry himself noted of the deal and roll-out plan. “They have championed it from its early stages and we cannot wait to share the project with the world.”
We cannot wait to see this new project hit the big screen and beyond. To find out more about Hair Love, click here.