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'Nightmare Before Christmas' Director Henry Selick Set To Helm Live Action 'A Tale Dark & Grimm'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 16, 2013 2:20 PM
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Later this month marks the 20th anniversary of Henry Selick's "The Nightmare Before Christmas," a delightful stop motion fable from the imagination of Tim Burton and Disney that would eventually become something of a cultural phenomenon, complete with a yearly holiday redo of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion attraction and untold millions of dollars in merchandise sales. In the years since though, Selick's career has been unusually spotty, culminating in the out-and-out disaster that was his deal with Disney and Pixar to create four original films, which ended before the first movie could be completed (the studio terminated his contract and lost $50 million on the project). Well, never count a good animator down. FilmNation has just hired the director to helm "A Tale Dark & Grimm," a live action adaptation of a children's book by Adam Gidwitz that reinterprets the original Grimm Brothers' fairy tales.

Watch: 90-Minute Siggraph '13 Lecture Featuring Animation Giants Pete Docter, Chris Sanders, Henry Selick & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 6, 2013 1:01 PM
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Marc Davis is a legend of Disney Feature Animation – one of Walt's Nine Old Men (his highly influential cabal of animators), Marc animated Thumper from "Bambi" and Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians" and had just as profound an impact in Imagineering, where he helped design iconic attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and America Sings. The Academy holds a series of Marc Davis Lectures, where they discuss some aspect of animation, and this year held the first "away" lecture, this time at Siggraph, the annual conference on computer graphics. At the lecture they assembled nine relatively young men: Ron Clements, Pete Docter, Eric Goldberg, Kevin Lima, Mike Mitchell, Chris Sanders, Henry Selick, David Silverman and Kirk Wise. The theme of the lecture was "Giants' First Steps," and focused on the early student short films by the animators. If you have even a cursory interest in animation, it's something of a must-watch.

First Look At Henry Selick's Newly Revived 'The Shadow King'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2013 9:02 AM
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One of the more interesting stories in the world of animation last year was the very public collapse of the Henry Selick's newest movie he was working on for Disney, something that was supposed to be the beginning of a very long and fruitful relationship for the "Nightmare Before Christmas" director and the studio. But, alas, the film that was at one point designed to be Pixar's first stop motion feature, completely fell apart after Selick continued to lock horns with the Pixar Brain Trust (whose story-comes-first mandate ruffled Selick) and Disney execs over the tone of the movie and its lack of narrative clarity. After building the animators a new studio and paying for a large chunk of the production budget, the project formerly known as "Shademaker" was indefinitely canceled Now comes word that the movie, now entitled "The Shadow King," is up and running again, this time produced by "Beasts of the Southern Wild" principle Josh Penn, with funding by K5 International.

Laika Passes On Henry Selick's 'Shadow King,' Project Gets Shelved

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2012 6:29 PM
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Such is the world we live in, where Len Wiseman gets hired to direct a reboot of "The Mummy," yet Henry Selick can't get a movie made at a studio. And while there was a brief ray of light for Selick's "Shadow King" (aka "Shademaker" ) after Disney scrapped it last month, with Laika taking a look at the movie, it now seems that the project is dead.

Henry Selick's Scrapped Disney/Pixar Project Might Be Headed Back To Laika

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 26, 2012 9:05 AM
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Back in August, Disney shut down production on Henry Selick's eagerly anticipated new stop-motion animated film, which at one point bore the name "Shademaker," for a myriad of reasons - the tone and story for the movie never solidified the way the studio wanted, the production was moving way too slowly, and Selick clashed frequently with the Pixar Brain Trust, who were overseeing the project in an advisory capacity. (The film was set to be Pixar's first stop-motion film, at least initially.) Earlier this month Disney quietly announced to shareholders that they were taking a $50 million hit on a canceled project, which ended up being "Shademaker," which to us signaled that the movie was dead and that the initial option for the filmmaker to take it to another studio had been exhausted. Well, it looks like Laika, the company behind this summer's brilliant "ParaNorman" and Selick's own "Coraline," could step in to rescue the movie.

Disney's Cancellation Of Henry Selick's Stop-Motion Animated Film Costs Them $50 Million

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 3:39 PM
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It's understandable that following the colossal flop of "John Carter" and the money woes of "The Lone Ranger" (which has still managed to go over budget and behind schedule), Disney would be tightening their belt. But it seems even as they try to save money, they manage to lose some at the same time. You're doing it wrong, guys. So to add to what has been a bumpy 2012, it looks like accountants and executives will have more explaining to do.

Disney Shuts Down Production On Henry Selick's Stop-Motion Animated Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 15, 2012 9:25 AM
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Well this is kind of a shock – Deadline is reporting that Disney has shut down production on "Nightmare Before Christmas"/"Coraline" director Henry Selick's new stop-motion animated feature. This would have been his first for his newly created studio, called Cinderbiter, that was, initially at least, conceived of as Pixar's stop-motion division. (Pixar luminaries like artist Lou Romano found themselves in high-ranking positions at the studio and Cinderbiter reports directly to the vaunted Pixar Brain Trust.) According to the Deadline report, Disney has given Selick the option to shop the project to other studios.

Henry Selick Is Back: Nearing Finish Line On His Disney/Pixar Feature & Will Direct Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 28, 2012 11:14 AM
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In 2010 it was announced that Henry Selick, the beloved director of “Nightmare Before Christmas,” had left Laika Studios, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio run by Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight. Knight had hired Selick back in 2002 to help transition the studio from Will Vinton Studios (home of the California Raisins, among others) into a 21st century powerhouse. Selick’s first animated feature, the gorgeous “Coraline,” was released in 2009, but just a year later Disney and Pixar came courting and Selick packed his bags. Things have been quiet for a little while but some details have started to emerge about his Pixar project, while Disney has signed him on to a highly coveted property.

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