Wendell and Wild

Even though the ending of the Comedy Central series Key and Peele earlier this year left us sad, the good news that is left the comedy duo of Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key open to some big screen projects. And one of those promising opportunities just came to light.

Key and Peele are teaming up with Henry Selick (director of Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline) for a new stop-motion animation comedy called Wendell and Wild, and it sounds like it’s going to be another twisted endeavor. Read More »


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It’s one of the greatest cinematic controversies of all time. Since international law allows you to only watch The Nightmare Before Christmas once per year, fans of the 1993 stop-motion animated musical have long debated the more appropriate time to view the film. Is it a weird and creepy Christmas movie, or a Halloween movie with with a peppermint-flavored candy shell? It only took 22 years, but someone finally decided to ask director Henry Selick, who gave the definitive answer: it’s an October movie.

Find Selick’s reasoning for the Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween movie label after the jump.

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While best known as a director of stop-motion animation (James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) Henry Selick has also dabbled in live-action. There are the live-action scenes in James and the Giant Peach, for example, and his follow-up feature, Monkeybone.

Now Kamala Pictures and FilmNation have set Selick to direct the live-action adaptation of Adam Gidwitz‘s book A Tale Dark and Grimm, which follows two fairy-tale children as they flee their own story only to end up in others. Read More »

Henry Selick‘s stop-motion animation Shademaker hit a massive roadblock last year when Disney backed out of the project, but happily it turned out not to be dead so much as stalled. K5 International got things going again this week when it decided to back the project (now titled The Shadow King) and bring it to the European Film Market.

Today, we have a first look at the new feature in the form of a sales poster for EFM. In addition, we have some info on the promising cast, which will include Jeffrey TamborBrendan Gleeson, and Catherine O’Hara. Hit the jump for more.

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Last year we got the disappointing news that Henry Selick‘s next stop-motion animated film had been canceled by Disney. But there’s good news: the film has come back to life, via a new producer and financier. The picture is now called The Shadow King, and it follows a boy who learns to create shadows that become a crucial weapon in a war against a monster that threatens the boy’s family, and all of New York.

Better yet, Selick doesn’t have to start from scratch. The work and early production done under Disney are still being used, which means we might see The Shadow King sooner rather than later.

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UPDATE: Looks like Selick won’t head back to Laika after all. According to Oregon Live, who spoke with an unnamed “person direct knowledge of Laika’s thinking,” the filmmaker did indeed meet with the studio. However, the talks went nowhere and Laika will not fund its former director’s project. Thanks to /Film reader ThumBlister for the tip.

Henry Selick‘s career started at Disney in the ’70s, brought him to Laika in the 2000s, and sent him back to Disney/Pixar in 2010. Now, it could pingpong him back to Laika once more, at least for one of his upcoming projects.

As of earlier this year, the filmmaker had two pictures set up at the Mouse House — one an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and the other a top-secret original stop-motion picture formerly titled Shademaker. Over the summer, however, the studio got cold feet about financing the latter. Selick’s been shopping it around town since then, and it appears the first to bite is his old home Laika, where he once directed Coraline. More details after the jump.

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Henry Selick has two films set up at Disney: an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and a film being created by his new studio Shademaker Productions, of which we know relatively little. That is, he had two films set up at Disney; the Mouse has decided to pass on the Shademaker film, while keeping the Gaiman adaptation going. Read More »

Briefly: Yesterday we told you two things: one, that Disney had picked up Neil Gaiman‘s The Graveyard Book and would make development of a feature based on the book a priority. And two, that Henry Selick, who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas and another Neil Gaiman book adaptation, Coraline, has been consulting with Disney and Pixar talent for his latest feature. Turns out those things are more closely related than we thought.

Now Disney has attached Selick to direct The Graveyard Book, which sounds wonderful. I thought very highly of his work on Coraline, which aside from the one character invented for the film, was a really solid effort. Incidentally, Deadline also says that The Graveyard Book will come after the film Selick has been working on for the past year.

Here’s where there’s some confusion. Deadline says that Selick is “already working for Disney-based Pixar on a top secret film.” That contrasts the last info we had, which said that Selick had consulted with Pixar on the feature he’s working on at his own animation studio, Cinderbiter. Regardless, Disney is set to release his next film, and I wouldn’t settle into the idea that he’s making a Pixar movie just yet.

Over a year ago Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline, formed a new animation studio in San Francisco. At the time, he was said to be working on “great, scary films for young ‘uns with a small, tight-knit crew,” and the outfit was pulling together talent for its debut film. Selick had signed a deal with Disney in 2010, and when we first saw info on the studio there was word that it was affiliated with Disney.

The studio is called Cinderbiter, though there was a point where the name was reported to have been changed to Shademaker, which was also being thrown around as the working title of the company’s first feature. We don’t know what the title of this first feature will be, but we do know now that Disney will distribute the film. A few details are below. Read More »