LAIKA announces the adaptation of "Wildwood" as the next film
LAIKA revealed Wildwood his next animated film, based on the bestselling novel written by The Decemberists singer and songwriter Colin Meloy and illustrated by artist Carson Ellis. The announcement was made by Travis Knight, President and CEO of the award-winning animation studio, who will direct the film. Wildwood (Wild forest) is currently in production at LAIKA's studios outside Portland, Oregon.
"As a native Oregon child, I have rainwater, microbrewery and fair trade coffee running through my veins," said Knight, who won a BAFTA for his feature directorial debut. Kubo and the magic sword (Kubo and the Two Strings) and also directed the live-action hit drum. "With Wildwood (Wild forest), I have the opportunity to tell an insanely ambitious story of magic, wonder and danger set in the place where I grew up. My own Portland will join that pantheon of unforgettable fantasy realms, with a thrilling epic that will ignite the imagination, lift spirits and break hearts ”.
"The Colin and Carson novel is a lyrical work of art," continued Knight. “The entire LAIKA family is totally committed to honoring him with a film of breathtaking spectacle and haunting beauty. I can't wait to share it with the world. Even if we're doing it in stop-motion, so, you know, I'll have to do it. "
Brought to life by LAIKA's world-class artists and craftsmen, Wild forest is ready to continue the rich tradition of captivating and artisanal storytelling studio. Previous LAIKA Films - Mister Link (Missing Link), Kubo and the magic sword (Kubo and the Two Strings), The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman e Coraline - have all received Oscar nominations and numerous awards including BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Animated Film.
Wildwood (Wild forest) will be the first fully animated feature film shot by multiple Academy Award- and BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. The creative team also includes producer Arianne Sutner and screenwriter Chris Butler, Golden Globe winners for Missing connection.
Synopsis: Beyond the Portland city limits lies Wildwood. You shouldn't go there. You shouldn't even know it exists. But Prue McKeel is about to enter this enchanted wonderland. Her little brother Mac has been carried by a murder of ravens into the depths of the forest and she, along with her unfortunate classmate Curtis, is about to bring him back. Prue might think she's too old for fairy tales, but she just found herself in the middle of one. One full of weird talking animals, crafty bandits, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions.
Wildwood (Wild forest) it is a story of love, loss, sacrifice and secrets, and the magic that you can find at your fingertips if you are willing to seek it.