Coraline’s Henry Selick To Direct The Graveyard Book, But Before That…

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.

BOOM_Bill_and_Ted_001_A

Bill & Ted, The Con Job And Hit: 1957 Leads BOOM! Studios March 2015 Solicitations

carrcrowd_sm

The Eisner Award Judges For 2015 Named – Get Those Fruit Baskets Ready

Cyborg And Submarines – Clip From Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis

10868003_10152478717577411_6512350423742386386_n

Fire At Komico Of Montreal….

The_Interview_2014_poster

Sony Cancels The Interview, Gives In To The Hackers

htno_star_wars_thinkgeek_comic

Make That 60 Covers For Star Wars #1, Thanks To Pasqual Ferry And ThinkGeek

In One Week, In Two Weeks – Garbage Pail Kids, They’re Not Like Us

pyongyang-translator

The Comic Book Adaptation Taken Down By North Korea

levine_ken-580-75

Ken Levine, Creator Of Bioshock, Hints At Radical New Game

BMCv36LootCrate-e0769

Your Loot Crate Exclusive Batman Funko Pop Has An Interesting New Look….