Laika, the maker of positive stop-motion animated motion pictures corresponding to Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, has introduced its latest undertaking: an adaptation of Wildwood, the 2011 YA novel by Colin Meloy, singer/songwriter of the indie rock band the Decemberists, and illustrated by his spouse Carson Ellis. The movie might be directed by Travis Knight, president of Laika and the director of the wonderful Transformers spin-off Bumblebee.
I hadn’t heard of the e book earlier than this morning, however the official abstract sounds prefer it’s proper up Laika’s alley, which is to say a contemporary fairy story that’s simply darkish sufficient to supply some suspense: “Past Portland’s metropolis limits lies Wildwood. You’re not presupposed to go there. You’re not even presupposed to comprehend it exists. However Prue McKeel is about to enter this enchanted wonderland. Her child brother Mac has been taken by a homicide of crows into the forest’s depths, and she or he—alongside along with her hapless classmate Curtis—goes to get him again. Prue would possibly assume she’s too outdated for fairytales, however she’s simply discovered herself on the middle of 1. One full of unusual speaking animals, roguish bandits, and highly effective figures with the darkest intentions.”
Appears like Laika to me, and the studio will need to have thought in order properly as a result of Variety experiences that Laika really optioned the rights to Meloy and Ellis’ e book again in 2011, shortly after it was revealed. It’s taken the studio a full decade to lastly begin manufacturing on the stop-motion animated adaptation, however that basically simply goes to point out how a lot it has stayed within the undertaking throughout all these years. Knight can be a local of Oregon, and Wildwood is extraordinarily Portland-y, which additionally most likely helps. (Based on Wikipedia, literary critic Anna Minard known as the characters “bespectacled, bike-riding, vinyl-browsing, Kurosawa-referencing kids,” so, yeah.)
Wildwood was the primary of a trilogy, which was adopted by Beneath Wildwood in 2012 and Wildwood Imperium in 2015. If the film is successful, there could also be extra Wildwood on the best way.
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