Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick was recently working on a stop-motion animated film project for Disney. There wasn't a lot of information on the film, but Disney ended up pulling out of the project and production was shut down. Disney spent $50 million on the project before they let it go, why? Because apparently it was too dark, which is interesting because they did the same thing with Tim Burton's Frankenweenie concept back in the 80's, only they didn't spend $50 million on it.
The project isn't dead though! Selick is currently in discussions with the stop-motion animated production company Laika. They recently released Paranorman, which was fantastic! Selick already has a relationship with the studio because he worked with them on Coraline.
The previous title of the movie was ShadeMaker, and all that's been revealed on the story is that it is the story of two brothers. According to Thompson on Hollywood the movie takes "Selick's special brand of surrealism into a new direction."
I'm happy to see that his film may have found a home and financing! Selick is a talented guy, and I'm excited to see what he's got cooking!