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Henry Selick revives ‘Shadow King’

Josh Penn produces stop-motion project

Henry Selick has revived stop-motion project “The Shadow King,” bringing on “Beasts of the Southern Wild” producer Josh Penn and taking the project to the European Film Market in Berlin.

K5 International is repping the international rights and plans to show footage to buyers at Berlin.

The Shadow King,” directed by Selick from his own script, centers on a nine-year-old New York orphan who hides his strange hands with long fingers from a cruel world. When’s he’s taught how to make amazing hand shadows that come to life, his hands become weapons in a shadow war against a monster bent on killing his brother and ultimately destroying New York.

Disney announced in August that it was pulling the plug on production on the film, which had scheduled for release Oct. 4 of this year, meaning that Selick was able to shop the property to another studio. At that point, the pic had been in production since 2011 but Disney had not hired thesps to voice characters or revealed any artwork.

“K5 is the perfect presenter for ‘The Shadow King,'” Selick said. “They appreciate the film’s exciting blend of the fantastic and personal with its mix of humor, scares, and moments of sweetness. We can’t wait to get back into production.”

Selick helmed stop-motion hits “Coraline,” “James and the Giant Peach,” and Disney’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” produced by Tim Burton.

Henry Selick is the best in the business.,” said K5’s Carl Clifton. “His films are all instant classics and they delight family audiences all over the world over and over again.”

Penn and producing partners Dan Janvey and Michael Gottwald are up for the Best Picture Oscar for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” It was the first producing credit for all three.

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