Betty Boop Is Coming To The Big Screen With Simon Cowell’s Help

What does Simon Cowell have in common with Betty Boop? At firs,t Cowell doesn’t appear to be connected in any way, but now reports are coming that the music mogul has plans to bring Betty Boop back to the big screen.

How will Betty Boop make her way back on to the screen, you ask? Well, Cowell has decided to team up with the company that backs Logo to present an animated feature film with Betty Boop as the lead star for a “music-driven” comedy.

Simon Cowell, who is responsible for One Direction’s film for Sony Pictures, released a statement via Twitter. As reported by Variety, Cowell said:

“Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world – I’m thrilled to be working with her. Betty, I’ve worked with some serious divas but I think you could be the biggest of them all!”

There’s a lot of directions one can take with a Betty Boop film. Is it going to be a PG-rated comedy, or are we going to see some crass from the 1930s flapper? Will this be a total reinvention? Who will voice the new Betty Boop for a modern twist? Will they keep the signature high-pitched inflection?

Of course, since it’s still in an early stage of production, these questions still remain unanswered, but off the top of our heads we could think of a few actresses that would be perfect for Ms. Boop — Jayma Mays, Zooey Deschanel, Krysten Ritter, and Mae Whitman all have the chops to pull off an interesting interpretation of Betty.

Mark Fleischer, the chairman and CEO behind Fleischer Studios had this to say about the project:

“I am delighted to partner with Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic. Their energy, creativity and playfulness make them a perfect fit for Betty Boop.”

It doesn’t seem like everyone is ready for Betty Boop to return to the big screen. Reactions have been mixed at best.

@IGN would he ever just stop ruining stuff

— Conor Mc Gowan (@mcgowanmeister) August 14, 2014

No matter which actress they get, they’re stepping into some pretty fantastic, if not dainty, tap shoes. Mae Questel made the role famous by voicing the character from 1931 to her death in 1998. Other notable actresses that took on the role are Bonnie Poe, Kate Wright, and Margie Hines, who originated the role.

No word on when the film will hit theaters, but when it does we’re sure everyone will have an opinion on it.

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