Henry Selick to Direct Grimm Brothers Movie


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.

3 thoughts on “Henry Selick to Direct Grimm Brothers Movie”

  1. TNBC, James and the Giant peach, Coraline, Monkeybone, plus have you seen his short films Moongirl and Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions? Selick will take chances that Burton will not, at least not anymore. It irritates me that every one of Selick’s films is advertised as being by “the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas,” but apparently Selick is proud of TNBC. He knew what the deal was before he singed on.


      1. It’s wonderful, wonderful news. Selick’s films are filled with such strange magic. Burton toes the Hollywood line and he always has; Selick is a visionary auteur on the level of David Lynch, and if I had to choose between preserving Burton’s filmography or Selick’s I would choose Selick’s, believe it or not.
        When I was a little kid I took acting lessons, and the man who ran the program used to read to us from the Brothers Grimm; not the sanitized stories but the original tales, the really, really dark stuff. He was a brilliant storyteller who did sound effects and voices, and he was the first person to impart on me the power of a good story well-told. Selick reminds me of that man. Selick is simply a brilliant spinner of tales who uses every type of technology at his disposal to scare us, amaze us and make us laugh. This project is perfect for him.


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