Coraline’s Henry Selick to direct A Tale Dark & Grimm

The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick will make his live-action debut

Coraline explores in Henry Selick's superb adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel
Coraline explores in Henry Selick’s superb adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel

Henry Selick, the director of A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, has signed on to direct his first live-action movie with a film adaptation of Adam Gidwitz’ A Tale Dark & Grimm.

Deadline reports that Selick will helm the tale of “two unsuspecting children who run away from their own dark fairy tale in search of a better life only to find themselves amidst eight other tales just as fearsome.”

Selick stated “I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book A Tale Dark & Grimm. It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it. Between the great material and a team that really gets it, I hope to make something really special that lasts.”

Selick had previously been attached to direct a stop-motion version of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, but that was shelved in favour of a live-action adaptation by Ron Howard.

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