Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Review: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner & More Review: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner & More Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

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

Photo of Drew Taylor By Drew Taylor | The Playlist February 6, 2013 at 9:02AM

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.
1

The Shadow King Header
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 with 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.

The report states that Selick will screen footage from the incomplete work, which the report says concerns a young boy with elongated fingers who can create shadow creatures that are useful in combating an evil monster who wants to murder the boy's family and destroy New York City (that old story), at the European Film Market in a few days. With a movie to sell, a quick sales poster has been put together with a first look from the movie, and the voice cast has been revealed with: Jaden Betts as Hap, Pamela Adlon as Richard, Brendan Gleeson as Darce, Jeffrey Tambor as Cuzzie Bell and Catherine O’Hara as Miss Fern.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of Selick's Cinderbiter Studio, which Disney had set up. Keep in mind that Disney had already tried this once before with Guillermo del Toro for his Disney Double Dare You shingle, which got bogged down (and ultimately undone) by del Toro's prolonged involvement in "The Hobbit" and by the fact that the first "test film," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," got an R-rating when it aimed for PG. (Disney ended up selling it off for release.) Many of the principles, including former Pixar designer Lou Romano, are named in the report, so they have clearly stuck around, despite much of the crew being fired when word came down that Disney was pulling the plug. At one point Selick's old bosses at Laika, who produced the director's Oscar-nominated "Coraline," looked like they might step in, but that didn't happen.

Another Cinderbiter/Selick project for Disney, a stop-motion animated (or, in one scenario, partially stop-motion-animated) feature adaptation of Neil Gaiman's brilliant children's novel "The Graveyard Book," which seemed pretty doomed once "Shademaker" was canceled, was also recently revived, this time with Ron Howard in the director's seat. Because if it's one thing Ron Howard knows, it's how to be spooky.

We are excited to know that "The Shadow King" is moving forward and wish it the best. While there have been bumps in the road, hopefully now everybody can get on the same page, get back to work, and we can all see "The Shadow King" very, very soon. [Deadline/Bleeding Cool]

The Shadow King Sales Poster

This article is related to: Henry Selick, The Shadow King, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Tambor


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates