You meet a lot of people in this business -- good, bad, talented, untalented. But rarely do you find someone who's good and talented and whose creativity comes from a place of purity. Fortunately, for those of us who love horror and fantasy, there are two such creators working today, Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick. They collaborated when Selick directed the stop-motion film adaptation of Gaiman's Coraline, to outstanding Oscar-nominated effect. Now they'll unite once more for Disney, as Selick helms Gaiman's Newberry Award-winning The Graveyard Book. More after the jump.
We reported on Friday that Disney had picked up Gaiman's The Graveyard Book from UK effects house Framework (with whom Neil Jordan was once slated to direct the adaptation). And Deadline has broken the news that Henry Selick "is now attached to direct The Graveyard Book at Disney. Selick, best known for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, is already working for Disney-based Pixar on a top secret film. But he'll do this one after. Selick is repped by The Gotham Group. They are looking for a screenwriter now."
It's unclear at this time if the the entire film will be animated, or if, like James and the Giant Peach, a portion of it will be live-action. But with Selick in charge, you can bet that most if not all of it will be stop-motion. And awesome.
Move over, Hotel Transylvania. Sorry, ParaNorman. And Frankenweenie, well, it's been fun. But The Graveyard Book is now the animated freak feature I'm most looking forward to seeing.