For fans of such amazing child-adult movies such as Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas, there may be yet another treat coming from the director of those two flicks. Now, Henry Selick looks to be setting his sights on another children’s story for inspiration, this time a book by Adam Gidwitz called A Tale Dark and Grimm.
The movie, which will retain the title of the book, is going to be live-action this time around, taking Selick away from the styles of the other two movies. The basic storyline is as follows:
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.
Personally, both The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline are favorites of mine, so I’m pretty eager to see what Selick brings to the big screen this time around. It will, of course, really depend on the writer involved, and I’m not in the least familiar with Gidwitz or any of his work. Guess we’ll just have to wait a year until a trailer hits to see what it looks like.
Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.