Just like The Beatles’ hugely successful Yellow Submarine, Harry Styles and co will star in a series of music animations.
Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment aims to appeal to new fans as young as five by cashing in on a deal with Animal Logic Entertainment according to the Star on Sunday.
The Australian-owned animation and special effects studio is behind a string of box office hits including The Lego Movie.
Boss Zareh Nalbandian said: “This is a perfect fit of complementary talents.”
Syco said in a statement last week that the partnership would “develop music-based animated and hybrid films”.
Simon, added: “The music has to be current.”
The boy’s flourishing Hollywood career is set to win a new army of fans with at least two – and possibly more – full-length animated films next year and in 2016.
The boys will reportedly appear as cartoon characters and will also provide the voices.
A senior studio source said: “Simon wants to see almost a reinvention of the whole genre, with storylines woven around the boys’ songs and, eventually, songs written to specific storylines with spin-off albums.
“It’s an incredibly exciting prospect that may involve a mix of animation and live action. The animated stories will also free up One Direction to focus on this year’s Where We Are stadium world tour which is tipped to eclipse those of U2 and The Rolling Stones as the most profitable in history.