(KTLA/NEXSTAR) — Figment, a fictional purple dragon featured in the Journey Into Imagination attraction at Epcot in Disney World, is finally getting his own movie.
The character was originally created in the early 1980s and introduced shortly after Epcot’s grand opening. He’s made appearances in several rides, attractions, and short films since his inception, but only made fleeting cameos in major Disney movies. Specifically, Figment was seen in a portrait in 2015’s “Inside Out” and his likeness appeared on a panel shown in “Toy Story 4.”
Despite the character’s relative obscurity — at least compared to some of Disney’s most high-profile characters — Figment has amassed a devoted fan base over the past four decades.
It entered the national spotlight earlier this year, after Disney World created a commemorative “Figment Popcorn Bucket” for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in January. Fans reportedly waited over six hours to get their hands on one of the $25 buckets, many of which have been relisted online.
The feature film treatment seemed almost inevitable.
Now, Deadline is announcing that Seth Rogen’s production company Point Gray will produce a film about Figment. Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, who previously worked on the “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” will serve as screenwriters for this film, the outlet reported.
“IT’S HAPPEN,” wrote a fan on Twitter, in response to news from Deadline.
“Who?” asked another user, apparently unaware of who or what Figment is.
It’s likely that Figment will also benefit from increased exposure at Disney parks between now and the film’s release date: Disney announced earlier this month that Figment would be making guest appearances and “meet the park guests” before the end of 2023.
The expected release date of the film, meanwhile, has not been revealed.
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