'Coraline' Director Heading to Live-Action for 'A Tale Dark & Grimm'

October 16, 2013

A Tale Dark & Grimm

Director Henry Selick is well known for directing the gorgeous stop-motion animated hits The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, but now he's heading into live-action feature film territory. THR has word that Selick will be at the helm of A Tale Dark & Grimm, based on Adam Gidwitz's children's novel of the same name. The book, which is the first in a series of three, follows two siblings as they run away from their own dark fairytale and hope to find happiness again. However, their escape inadvertently leads them into eight other terrible fairytales, all inspired by Grimm's classic stories. This just sounds perfect for Selick.

Here's the official synopsis for the first book:

Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.

However, we wish that Selick was making this as a stop-motion animated film rather than his first live-action feature, since this sounds like it would be an awesome story to tell in his traditional, twisted animated style. Hopefully there will be plenty of stylistic special effects and visuals to make this fell like a true Selick film. John W. Mann and Jon Gunn (who wrote the upcoming animated film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations) adapted the screenplay with Selick. We'll be interested to see what Selick does in the live-action world instead of his usual stop-motion animation. How about you?

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  • Xerxexx
    Good. We need more dark fantasy for kids. Kids need fear, it helps them grow.
    No blood. No watch.
  • David Kinskey-Lebeda
    I'm just happy to hear he's helming a new film! I too wish for another stop-motion, but this could prove quite fun!




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