Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick’s latest stop-motion film could see the light of day after all despite Disney having canned it last month for a reported m (m) loss.
Tentatively titled Shade Maker, Selick’s new movie was to be the first under a “dream” deal with the Mouse House to fund his projects which appears to have turned sour in the wake of Hollywood’s ongoing financial belt-tightening. Now Thompson on Hollywood reports that the independent Portland-based studio Laika, which worked with the film-maker on the critically acclaimed Coraline, may be set to step in and save the film.
The arrangement might suit both parties in the short-term, though the ongoing existence of Cinderbiter, Selick’s 150-strong animation studio in San Francisco, must still be in some doubt. It had been set up in 2010 with Disney money as part of what was described at the time as a long-term contract to produce stop-motion animation films, only for the company to reportedly find Selick’s first project “too dark”. Despite having been shooting since the previous summer, industry blog Deadline reported last month that the film “just wasn’t coming together in a manner that pleased the studio”.
Disney’s jitteriness may be due to concern over recent losses on films such as John Carter, which cost it at least m earlier in the year. It is not known whether the studio would be able to claw back some of the projected m losses on the new Selick film if the deal with Laika goes ahead.
The latter studio was also behind current stop-motion 3D venture ParaNorman. Shade Maker is said to be the story of two brothers and reportedly takes its creator’s idiosyncratic brand of surrealism in a new direction.
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