Whatever happened to CHARMING? (Movie discussion + trailer!)

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Five months ago, a trailer finally dropped for Charming, an upcoming movie from 3QU Media. The film is the studio's debut, and they're working together with Vanguard Animation and Cineaste on production.

The movie stars Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Sia, Ashley Tisdale, G.E.M., and Avril Lavigne. Lovato executively produced the soundtrack. Two of the songs were written by Sia, and one was by Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump.

While the trailer doesn't showcase a completely original tale, it looks like it will be a fun one. I've been looking forward to the movie since before it had even come so far, when it was just murmurs on the internet.

When the trailer came out five months ago, it said, "Charming soon." Now, it has premiered in Spain, Europe, and Africa, but has yet to be distributed widely and isn't available in the United States, Canada, Australia, or even China, where the film's leading actors reside. (Granted, China doesn't bring in all the foreign films produced, but with G.E.M. in the cast, the chance of this one premiering there is higher.)

I'm curious about why the film stalled and started releasing quietly despite the studio taking the time to drop the trailer. My first thought is that, since Lovato played such an important part in the movie's development, it was postponed due to her recent health issues. It could be that funding fell through. This happened a couple of years ago with The Little Prince as well. The movie was pulled a week before it was supposed to hit theaters--there had even been merchandise in stores at that point. Luckily, Netflix swooped in and saved the day, buying the rights and allowing the movie to see the light of day.

If the issue is due to rights, I hope that Netflix once again plays hero and brings Charming to us. Otherwise, I hope to hear more about the movie soon. Hopefully it will release in 2019! If you know more about what is going on with the movie, comment below. I'm really curious!

For now, here's the official trailer for those of you who never heard of Charming yet:

YouTube Link