LAIKA Goes to Wildwood

Portland-based LAIKA (ParaNorman, Coraline) has found the perfect stop-motion 3-D fit in Wildwood, which it has just optioned. The HarperCollins children’s novel about an alternate version of modern-day Portland is written by Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists, with illustrations by award-winning artist Carson Ellis.

Wildwood is a marvel, an exquisite, staggering, and lyrical work of art,” said Travis Knight, president and CEO of the animation studio. “It’s an uncannily perfect fit for LAIKA, commingling the time-honored qualities of classic fantasies and fairy tales with a bold, contemporary sensibility.  Colin’s captivating, melodic prose and Carson’s gorgeous, spellbinding illustrations form a rich bounty of ideas, language, and imagery.  Wildwood is a wonderful work of literature, and LAIKA is fully committed to honoring it with an exceptional, groundbreaking film.”

Wildwood, the first book in an epic middle-grade fantasy series, tells the story of 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 Portland.  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. 

“Hands down, there is no other movie studio in the entire world besides LAIKA that I would entrust Wildwood to,” said Meloy. “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.”

“I’m a stop motion enthusiast,” added Ellis, “and I’ve been a fan of LAIKA since we saw Coraline a couple of years back.  When we visited the studio and saw all the brilliant creative work happening there  — someone building a waist-high New England village in painstaking detail, someone else sewing pinhead-sized rivets on tiny blue jeans — we were won over completely.”

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Books, Movies, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX

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