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IN THE WORKS: Laika Options "Goblins" from Novelist Philip Reeve, Mark Gustafson Will Direct

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 18, 2012 at 7:15PM

Laika, the Oregon animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated "Coraline" and the upcoming feature "ParaNorman," plans to adapt the upcoming fantasy novel "Goblins." Novelist Philip Reeve's "Goblins" will be published in the UK on April 5, 2012 and in the US in the Fall of 2013.
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Laika, the Oregon animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated "Coraline" and the upcoming feature "ParaNorman," plans to adapt the upcoming fantasy novel "Goblins." Novelist Philip Reeve's "Goblins" will be published in the UK on April 5, 2012 and in the US in the Fall of 2013.  Mark Gustafson ("The PJs" and the director of animation on "The Fantastic Mr. Fox") will direct the upcoming 3-D, stop-motion adaptation.

"Goblins" tells the story of some ill-mannered and riotous goblins who live in the ruins of Clovenstone Castle and spend their days mindlessly and viciously tormenting neighboring villages.  Soon the looting turns into an enormous magical conflict among giants, cloudmaidens, swamp monsters, treewarriors, and the notorious goblins - and it takes the clever young Skarper to understand the fate of their magical world.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.