The Shadow King is dead, long live The Shadow King!
The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline director Henry Selick originally had his animated project The Shadow King set up at Disney, but the deal fell through after the studio reportedly spent $50 million on development. Now, however, The Hollywood Reporter has been revived by Selick and producer Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild) through a new agreement with German/British production company K5 International.
Here’s how the trade paper describes the film:
The story of The Shadow King follows Hap, 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 fantastic weapons in a shadow war against a monster bent on killing Hap’s brother Richard and destroying New York itself.
Selick, who wrote and will direct the film, has amassed an impressive team to help him make The Shadow King. He’s re-teaming with Coraline composer Bruno Coulais, but also brought in cinematographer Peter Sorg (Frankenweenie), animation director Eric Leighton (The Legend of the Guardians), production designer Lou Romano (The Incredibles) and editor Wyatt Jones (Immortals).