I’d rank Henry Selick‘s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Coraline amongst the very best of book-to-film translations. I’d even place it highly amongst the best films of the 2000s, and its 3D stereography remains some of the best, and certainly most innovative that I have ever seen.
I’m actually on the verge of cracking open the case and putting it into the Blu-ray player now.
But first, let me tell you why I bring it up.
Selick is currently working on a fairly secret new project. Deadline seem to believe it’s set up at Pixar, but I don’t. I think he’s making a stop motion movie called Shademaker, and I believe Disney are funding a stop motion studio called Cinderbiter for him to do so.
Cinderbiter have a very basic web presence, not designed for public consumption as much as stop motion professionals looking to get in touch. If you were to visit their building in San Francisco it would appear even more anonymous, with the only give-away being the Cinderbiter enquiries e-mail address taped in a window.
According to the company’s Linked In page, Pixar Project Manager Geoff Yetter “recently” joined up as their Script Co-ordinator.
And they also hired animator Eileen Kohlhepp as recently as January, and painter Clayton Leonard in March so I think we can start to make some assumptions about the production timetable on the film.
Shademaker has been officially set for release in late 2013, so we may well start to see some hints of what it’s about, and how it will look, before the summer is out.
Or we may not.
Skipping ahead, it seems we know what Mr. Selick will be doing next. While yesterday’s report had it that the film of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book was being ramped onto Disney’s fast track, it looks today like fast is relative.
Selick is apparently going to direct the film once he’s done with Shademaker – so, in a year and a half.
I wonder if Selick’s involvement indicates that the film will be stop-motion? Previous plans for the film were to film it in live action, and Gaiman was in support of this.
As Selick is rather busy right now, he won’t be writing the screenplay and so a writer is currently being sought. Somebody who won’t be too doggedly faithful to the original book, of course…
Lots more on this to come, I’m sure.