Back in August, we reported the sad news that Disney had canceled production on the untitled next film from Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas). There were no details on the film, but Selick also tried bringing it to his Coraline partner Laika, but those talks went nowhere. Furthermore, his stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s The Graveyard Book has now moved to being a live-action adaptation with Ron Howard in talks to direct. Leaving Henry Selick in limbo is good for no one, and so I’m happy to report that his untitled feature has a name and is alive once more.
Hit the jump for details on Henry Selick’s The Shadow King.
In 2010, Coraline writer/director Henry Selick signed a long-term deal to make stop-motion movies for Disney. Soon after, they scheduled Selick’s first Disney movie for October 2013 acquired Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book for Selick to adapt. Back up one second, though: Disney has decided to stop production on the untitled 2013 project. Sources tell Variety, “From a creative and scheduling standpoint, the pic wasn’t where it needed to be to meet its planned release date and the studio decided not to continue production as a result.” That is unfortunate, but thankfully Disney is expected to continue developing the Graveyard Book adaptation with Selick. Selick is now able to shop the untitled project around to other studios. There is no voice cast set, and no artwork was ever released publicly, so the transition to a new studio should be smooth if Selick can drum up interest elsewhere.