Selick’s ‘Shadow King’ Finds New Life

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After Disney dropped the ball on Henry Selick’s much-anticipated feature The Shadow King, the movie has found a new life, thanks to producer Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and the German/U.K. sales and distribution outfit K5 International. The Hollywood Reporter says the stop-motion animated feature is well into pre-production. K5 is overseeing international sales on the project and will pitch it to buyers starting at the European Film Market in Berlin this week.

The Shadow King centers on a nine-year-old orphan in New York with fantastically long fingers which he tries to hide from the rest of the world. When a living shadow girl shows him how he can use his hands to make his hand shadows come to life, Hap’s fingers become powerful weapons in a shadow war against a monster bent on killing his brother Richard and destroying New York itself.

Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach) wrote and will direct The Shadow King. Among the top-notch talent tied to the project are cinematographer Peter Sorg (Frankenweenie), animation director Eric Leighton (Legend of the Guardians); production designer Lou Romano (The Incredibles), editor Wyatt Jones and composer Bruno Coulais (Coraline). Disney reportedly spent about $50 million on The Shadow King before bailing on the project last September because of the film’s dark subject matter.

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  • Happy Dingo

    I hope it works…

    Coraline    60M(Production Cost)

    Domestic  75M
    Foreign     49M
    Worldwide 124.5M

    Break even is 120M…I don’t get it…Maybe is was because of the marketing team or distributor of Coraline. Hope he can pull a Tim Burton!