The film, which is based on the New York Times best-selling picture book franchise written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna, will be produced by MIMO Studios, founded by Cyma Zarghami, and Like a Photon Creative, founded by Nadine Bates and Kristen Souvlis. Macmillan Publishers will serve as Executive Producer and Financier. 

The story will follow the original adventure of The Pout-Pout Fish and his friends in their undersea world. Released in 2008, the book series spans more than 40+ titles with more than 10 million copies in print.  The book was named a top ten children’s book by TIME Magazine.

“At a time when the demand for kids and family content is at an all-time high, as evidenced by the runaway success of films like Super Mario Brothers, we are so thrilled and honored to be able to partner with the incredibly talented Like a Photon Creative to bring the wonderful book series The Pout-Pout Fish to life,” said Zarghami. “With a slew of wonderful adventures and incredible brand awareness, this is the exact type of project I envisioned when I began MIMO and is something that certainly could become a major franchise for us.” 

“Macmillan is thrilled to be working with the brilliant teams at Like a Photon and MIMO Studios to bring our beloved picture book franchise to life on the screen,” says Jen Besser, President of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. “Over the past 15 years, The Pout-Pout Fish has become a favourite of children and parents alike and this is the perfect next chapter.”

“Like a Photon Creative are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to bring the beloved Pout-Pout Fish story world to life,” said Bates and Souvlis. “Not only is this film a unique and fresh take on underwater living, but the underlying concepts of self-acceptance and found-family are very close to our hearts. We can’t wait to share this gorgeous story with young audiences around the world.”