Seth Grahame-Smith to Pen NIGHT OF THE LIVING, a Stop-Motion Animation for Tim Burton

     April 9, 2012


Having previously collaborated on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows, it comes as little surprise that screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and Tim Burton are teaming up yet again.  The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author will reportedly pen Night of the Living, a stop-motion animation custom-made for the dark director.  According to Grahame-Smith, the story idea had been brewing for years, but he took it to Burton while the duo worked on Dark Shadows. Grahame-Smith also noted that Burton’s stop-motion films Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride struck him as an ideal format for Night of the Living. Plot details are limited, but we previously reported that the movie might revolve around a “a town of peaceful monsters who must learn how to fight when it is invaded by humans.” Hit the jump for more.

The Playlist reports seth-grahame-smiththat Grahame-Smith will indeed pen the stop-motion animation for Burton.  In an interview with THR, Grahame-Smith commented on the project as follows:

“I’m right in the middle of writing an animated movie for Tim Burton right now called ‘Night of the Living.’ ‘Night of the Living’ is an idea I have had around for years that I’m doing with Tim Burton. When we were shooting ‘Dark Shadows’ last year I worked up the nerve to tell Tim about it because I always thought it would make a good movie. When I saw what he had done with ‘Frankenweenie‘ and ‘Corpse Bride,’ it always struck me as a great idea for that form. I’m writing it at Warner’s Bros. for him (as a stop-motion monster movie).”

Night of the Living is the latest addition to what’s becoming a long list of projects for both the author and the producer/director.  Grahame-Smith recently released a trailer for his new book, Unholy Night, which is in development at Warner Bros.  The author will also add a producer credit to his resume when he teams up with David Katzenberg on the found-footage teen thriller, The Waiting. If that wasn’t enough, Grahame-Smith and Burton will collaborate once again on a sequel to Beetlejuice.


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