It’s that magical time of year when people needlessly argue about whether or not The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie. The democratic answer is that it’s both and everyone should just enjoy it. The correct answer is that it’s a Christmas movie, because 95% of it takes place after Halloween and leading up to Christmas. These are facts.
But there’s another argument surrounding The Nightmare Before Christmas that you might not have heard about. The film’s writer Caroline Thompson recently appeared on the podcast Script Apart, which talks to writers about the first drafts of famous movies. During their discussion, she explained a creative clash she had with producer Tim Burton regarding the depiction of the villain Oogie Boogie, a character who also created a tense confrontation between director Henry Selick and the Batman director. Read More »
It’s been three years since the final episode of Key and Peele aired, but we still feel the hole left by the near-perfect sketch comedy series. We could hope for a reunion special or maybe even a revival, but with its creators/stars Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele currently killing it in Hollywood, that’s unlikely.
But a Key and Peele reunion is in the works, even if it’s not in the form you’d expect. The duo are teaming up as the voice actors in Netflix’s Wendell and Wild, a stop-motion animated feature to be directed by Coraline and Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick.
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It’s been eight long years since Henry Selick (Coraline) last directed a film. The good news: he has a new project in the works, this time for the small screen. Based on a new video game called Little Nightmares, this looks right up his alley. To make the news sweeter, he’ll direct a pilot for the series executive produced by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Civil War).
Below, learn more about the Little Nightmares TV show.
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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 »
Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
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 Tambor, Brendan 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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Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 »