“Coraline” director Henry Selick is set to helm a live-action version of “A Tale Dark and Grimm,” based on the book by Adam Gidwitz, where Hansel and Gretel escape their own ominous fairy tale only to be met with eight successive fairytales to navigate, all dark and fearsome. In the book, an irreverent narrator takes the reader through each of the siblings’ travails.
John W. Mann and Jon Gunn penned the adaptation, with contributions from Selick.
Selick, who was Oscar nominated for “Coraline,” told Variety in a statement that the project is “a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the
world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents.” His other directing credits include “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “James and the Giant Peach.”
Last year, Disney took a $50 million write-off for Selick’s then in-the-works stop motion feature, at one point titled “ShadeMaker,” reportedly because it was too dark in tone and too slow in production. Selick was then briefly in talks about the project with Laika, the Portland animation house and producer of “Coraline,” but that fell through, too. (Selick and Laika parted ways following “Coraline.”)