With Coraline and the upcoming ParaNorman under its belt, Laika Studios is setting out into the land of the Goblins for its next animated feature. Read on for details.
According to Variety, Laika has optioned Goblins, an adaptation of British novelist Philip Reeve’s book that Marc Gustafson (animation director on Fantastic Mr. Fox) is set to direct.
The 3D stop-motion animation film will tell the story of a Skarper, a clever young goblin who lives among his ill-mannered brethren in an ancient castle. Only he understands that an ancient evil is rising that will bring all manner of monsters and mythical creatures into an epic magical conflict.
The Portland, Oregon-based studio optioned Reeve’s novel, which was published in the U.K. earlier this month and hits the U.S. next year.
“Goblins is a fantasy with bite,” said Laika president and CEO Travis Knight. “In the hands of Laika’s freakishly talented artists and guided by the ineffably gifted Mark Gustafson, it will make a strange, stirring, and altogether beautiful film.”
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