At a presentation at Las Vegas’ Cinemacon earlier this week, Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson revealed new details about the studio’s upcoming emoji movie, and unveiled some of its stars: mobile apps.
Belson explained that the as-yet-untitled project will incorporate real-life smartphone apps into “a powerful movie about self expression” that will be “very emotional.” The movie takes place inside of a smartphone, where the industrious Emoji live and work in Emoji Valley. Eventually, they discover the home screen (“the world of the wallpaper”) which sets them off on their branded adventures through a mobile app landscape.
While no app makers have been officially announced yet, a Sony insider confirmed to The Wrap that Spotify would be featured in the film. In their case, the emoji “characters navigate boats on an actual stream to represent music streaming.” Concept art at the Cinemacon presentation also included Facebook, though their participation in the film is not confirmed. (The logo art at the top of this post is the only publicly revealed art thus far.)