Focus in on the secret

Studio nabs rights to stop-motion animation pic 'Coraline'

CANNES — NBC Universal’s specialty film arm Focus Features is jumping into the animation game, picking up world rights to the stop-motion pic “Coraline” from Laika Entertainment, the Oregon-based toon house owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

Pic — based on the book by Neil Gaiman, and toplining the voice talent of Dakota Fanning — follows a young girl who walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life.

Laika supervising director Henry Selick adapted the tome for the bigscreen and will co-helm with Mike Cachuela.

Selick’s previous directing credits include “James and the Giant Peach” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Pandemonium Films topper Bill Mechanic is producing with Laika’s Mary Sandell.

Alt rockers They Might Be Giants are penning songs for the pic.

“This distribution agreement is an integral step in the evolution of Laika Entertainment as a major force in the global feature film animation marketplace,” said the unit’s prexy and CEO Dale Wahl.

Headed by James Schamus, Focus’ slate already includes Woody Allen’s “Scoop,” Allen Coulter’s “Hollywoodland” and David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises.”

Laika also is in pre-production on the CG pic “Jack & Ben’s Animated Adventure.” Pandemonium’s upcoming credits include “Torso,” with David Fincher attached to helm.

More Film

  • 'Coco' Edges 'Justice League' at Thanksgiving

    'Coco' Edges 'Justice League' at Thanksgiving Day Box Office

    CANNES — NBC Universal’s specialty film arm Focus Features is jumping into the animation game, picking up world rights to the stop-motion pic “Coraline” from Laika Entertainment, the Oregon-based toon house owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Pic — based on the book by Neil Gaiman, and toplining the voice talent of Dakota Fanning — […]

  • Mar del Plata: Argentina on the

    Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise - Gustavo Biazzi

    CANNES — NBC Universal’s specialty film arm Focus Features is jumping into the animation game, picking up world rights to the stop-motion pic “Coraline” from Laika Entertainment, the Oregon-based toon house owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Pic — based on the book by Neil Gaiman, and toplining the voice talent of Dakota Fanning — […]

  • Aladdin

    'Aladdin' Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance

    CANNES — NBC Universal’s specialty film arm Focus Features is jumping into the animation game, picking up world rights to the stop-motion pic “Coraline” from Laika Entertainment, the Oregon-based toon house owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Pic — based on the book by Neil Gaiman, and toplining the voice talent of Dakota Fanning — […]

  • Dieter KosslickPress Conference - 67th Berlin

    Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs

    CANNES — NBC Universal’s specialty film arm Focus Features is jumping into the animation game, picking up world rights to the stop-motion pic “Coraline” from Laika Entertainment, the Oregon-based toon house owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Pic — based on the book by Neil Gaiman, and toplining the voice talent of Dakota Fanning — […]

  • SGIFF: Cinema Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds

    SGIFF: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema

    CANNES — NBC Universal’s specialty film arm Focus Features is jumping into the animation game, picking up world rights to the stop-motion pic “Coraline” from Laika Entertainment, the Oregon-based toon house owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Pic — based on the book by Neil Gaiman, and toplining the voice talent of Dakota Fanning — […]

  • ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle

    ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle Movistar+ Original 'Felix'

    CANNES — NBC Universal’s specialty film arm Focus Features is jumping into the animation game, picking up world rights to the stop-motion pic “Coraline” from Laika Entertainment, the Oregon-based toon house owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Pic — based on the book by Neil Gaiman, and toplining the voice talent of Dakota Fanning — […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content