An Oscar winner is to take on the tale of King Tutankhamun in animated form. Matthew Cherry (Hair Love) is set up at Sony Pictures Animation to tell what is being termed as an afro-futuristic coming of age story about the boy King – Tut.

Cherry came up with the idea with Monica A. Young and it is said to celebrate the culture that introduced the world to a lot of things we take for granted today. In a press release Cheery said he is:

“…beyond excited to explore the magical world of ancient Egypt through the eyes of its youngest ruler, King Tut. I’ve always wanted to dive deeper into the legend of the boy king and we can’t think of better partners to embark upon this journey with than Kristine Belson, Karen Toliver and the great people at Sony Pictures Animation.”

SPA president Kristine Belson chimed in, calling Cherry:

“…one of today’s most exceptional creative voices. We had the privilege of collaborating with him on his first animated short, which has since evolved into his first animated series — and we’re so proud to team up again on his first animated feature, ‘Tut.’ Matthew has a bold and modern take on this story rarely told, filled with magic, music, and powerful themes — and we’re thrilled that we get to go on this adventure together.”

Cherry is still developing a series spin-off of Hair Love for HBO Max, which is also being created by Sony Animation. No word yet on distribution channel or schedule.