LAIKA Snags the Rights to Colin Meloy's 'Wildwood' Children's Novel
by Ethan Anderton
September 8, 2011
After bringing Neil Gaiman's twisted fantasy Coraline to life with beautiful stop-motion animation, LAIKA has announced yet another adaptation of another unique children's tale. In a press release from the animation company, it was announced that Wildwood, the debut children's novel from the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists (seek their music out if you haven't already), had been optioned for a stop-motion feature film adaptation. Sharing shades of darkness and fantasy with Coraline, the story is filled with magic, wonder, danger and the opportunity for some truly stunning visual. More below!
Here's a teaser trailer for the book to give you an idea of the story contained in Wildwood:
The first book in a series, Wildwood follows Prue McKeel, whose ordinary life is changed forever when her younger brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, an enchanted and forbidding forest on the edge of the city. No one's ever gone in – or at least returned to tell of it. Within this secret world, Prue and her friend Curtis embark on a rescue mission and find themselves entwined in a violent struggle for freedom amidst warring creatures, peaceable mystics and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. Just published at the end of last month, the book features 85 intricately crafted illustrations from Carson Ellis that should serve as some great inspiration for LAIKA which Meloy implicitly trusts with his story.
Meloy says, "Hands down, there is no other movie studio in the entire world beside LAIKA that I would entrust Wildwood to. Carson and I were prepared to stonewall any and all suitors for the movie rights, so close was this book to our hearts. However, when LAIKA came calling, our defenses promptly came down. There is no doubt in my mind that they will come to this story with the passion, imagination and general awesomeness required to make this book into a truly beautiful animated film." Considering how much I loved Coraline, I'm glad Meloy trusted LAIKA enough to bring this mystifying tale to life.