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 »

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 »

Henry Selick, who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline, is at the head of a new animation studio in San Francisco. Shademaker Productions, previously called Cinderbiter Productions, is pulling together talent now for its first film, a movie also called Shademaker, and there are already some impressive names involved with the fledgling outfit that aims to make “great, scary films for young’uns.” Read More »