FilmNation has tapped director Henry Selick (Coraline) to direct A Tale Dark and Grimm. Written by Adam Gidwitz and illustrated by Hugh D’Andrade, A Tale Dark and Grimm follows Hansel and Gretel as they cross over into other Grimm fairy tales and interact with the witches, dragons and other creatures who dwell there. The children’s book was adapted by John W. Mann and Jon Gunn and will be a live-action feature. Hit the jump for more.
“I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book A Tale Dark & Grimm,” said Selick. “It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it. Between the great material and a team that really gets it, I hope to make something really special that lasts.”
Here’s the synopsis for A Tale Dark and Grimm (via Amazon):
Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.