After the release of the critically loved Boxtrolls, Focus Features has announced plans to release three more animated films by Laika Animation Studio.
Laika President and CEO Travis Knight had this to say about the deal.
“Over eight years and three films we’ve forged an incredible bond over a shared love for, and commitment to, bold, distinctive, and enduring stories. Peter and his superlative team have created a welcoming home for original voices and enriching, challenging filmmaking. They’re the bravest studio in the world.”
Focus and Laika had worked together on these animated films. Coraline, based on a story written by Neil Gaiman and directed by stop motion master Henry Selick. The tribute to classic horror that was ParaNorman. Finally their current release Boxtrolls. All seemingly films for younger audiences, but have dark humor, creepy tones, and a lot of adult references.
Before that, the studio was famous for advertisements and being the production team for Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.
Few clues have been revealed on what Focus will be releasing.
One listed project is a film version Philip Reeve’s book Goblins directed by Mark Gustafson (the animation director of Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr.Fox).
Another is a young adult fantasy movie called Wildwood. Set in an alternate Oregon City, it is to be directed by Colin Meloy, the lead singer of the Decemberists.
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