The director of A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, Henry Selick, is set to direct a new live-action film called A Tale Dark and Grimm. The movie is based on a book by Adam Gidwitz, which follows two children who run away from their own dark fairy tale in search of a better life only to find themselves amidst eight other fearsome tales.
It the kind of dark children's tale that is perfect for Selick's storytelling style, and this is what he had to say in a statement,
“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.”
Selick has made some great films in his day, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with this story. Here's a description of the book,
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.