Entertainment Travis Knight Directing LAIKA’s Next Movie, ‘Wildwood’
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Portland studioannounced that its next stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature film release will be Wildwood, based on the bestselling novel written by Colin Meloy, which the company optioned in 2011.
, the Academy Award-nominated director of Kubo and the Two Strings and LAIKA’s president/CEO, is helming the movie, which is currently in production.
Six-time Oscar nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (Fly Away Home, The Patriot) is serving as director of photography.
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Based on the book written by Meloy, the lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists, and illustrated by Carson Ellis, Wildwood is a Portland-set story that follows Prue McKeel, who enters an enchanted wonderland when her baby brother Mac is taken by a murder of crows into the forest’s depths. LAIKA’s Oscar-nominated Chris Butler (ParaNorman) wrote the screenplay and Arianne Sutner is producing.
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Knight, whose directing credits also include the live-action Transformers spinoff Bumblebee and upcoming The Six Billion Dollar Man, said in a released statement: “With Wildwood, I have the opportunity to tell a madly ambitious story of magic, wonder, and danger set in the place I grew up. My very own Portland will join that pantheon of unforgettable fantasy realms, with a stirring epic that will kindle imaginations, lift spirits, and break hearts.”
LAIKA’s five animated features — Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link — have all been nominated for the Academy Award for outstanding animated feature.
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