Deadline.com recently reported that Disney has just pulled the plug on the production of Henry Selick’s (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) upcoming stop-motion project. Disney has given Selick the option to shop around and find another studio that will fund the project.
Selick’s project would have been the debut project for his newly created Cinderbiter Studio, which is situated in Northern California and has Pixar veterans such as Lou Romano in its staff. According to Disney reps, Selick’s project, which is scheduled for a Halloween 2013 release, simply wasn’t coming together in a manner that pleased the studio.
There’s no word on how this affects the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s horror-themed children’s book, The Graveyard Book. Which Disney will produce, with Henry Selick attached as director as a result of the success of Gaiman and Selick’s previous collaborations.
The development is also odd because stop-motion animated films is starting to gain some traction these past few months, with upcoming projects such as Laika’s Paranorman and Disney’s own Frankenweenie proving that there is a market for these things.