Most people think Tim Burton directed Nightmare Before Christmas, but it was stop-motion genius Henry Selick, who gets no credit for his part in one of my favorite movies of all-time. Selick also directed Coraline and now is set to direct a new, live-action film called A Tale Dark and Grimm. Based on a book by Adam Gidwitz, the film follows two children who escape from the fairy tale in which they live only to find themselves journeying through eight other frightening tales.
Live action Selick is something that’s extremely intriguing. This is material that is right in his wheelhouse though and I will be watching this one with extreme interest. Which is code for “you’ll hear a lot about it too”.
Here’s what Selick had to say: “I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm,’ It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it.”
This is the synopsis of the book to be adapted:
Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.