|The Emoji Movie|
On July 21, 2015, it was announced that Sony Pictures Animation had won the bidding war, against Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures, of an animated film centered on emoji, based on the script by Eric Siegel and Tony Leondis, with Leondis also directing the film. Michelle Raimo Kouyate would produce the film. At 2016 CinemaCon, the film was officially announced and it was revealed that it would be set in the digital world in a smartphone.
In July 2016, T. J. Miller was announced as lead Emoji Gene in a tweet by Sony Pictures Animation on World Emoji Day. In October 2016, it was announced that Ilana Glazer and James Corden will be joining the cast as well. In December 2016, the film's title was renamed from Emojimovie: Express Yourself, to simply The Emoji Movie.
On December 20, 2016, a teaser trailer for the film was released.
In November 2015, Sony scheduled the film to be released on August 11, 2017. A year later, it was moved forward to August 4, 2017, with Sony's Baby Driver taking its date.The film will be shown alongside Puppy, which is a short film based off of the Hotel Transylvania films.