×

Laika, Focus Teaming on Animated ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Laike and Focus Features, which teamed on “The Boxtrolls,” “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” have launched production on the animated movie “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

The announcement comes two months after the companies agreed to collaborate on three films, without naming the titles.

Laika president and CEO Travis Knight is making his directorial debut on “Kubo and the Two Strings” from a  screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”). The story, a swashbuckling adventure set in ancient Japan, will use Laika’s 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique.

Knight is producing “Kubo and the Two Strings” with Arianne Sutner. Voice cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro and Art Parkinson, who is providing the voice for the title character of Kubo.

In the story, Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shoreside village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him. His survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father.

The movie will open in theaters domestically on Aug. 19, 2016. Focus will release “Kubo and the Two Strings” in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International will release the movie internationally.

Popular on Variety

Boxtrolls” has grossed $107 million worldwide.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.

More Film

  • MadeFor Productions

    Endemol Shine Sets Up German Scripted Label Ahead of Banijay Acquisition (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Black Mirror” and “Peaky Blinders” producer Endemol Shine Group has set up a new scripted label in Germany, Variety can reveal. Based in Berlin and led by joint CEOs Nanni Erben and Gunnar Juncken, MadeFor Film will focus on both high-end TV series and feature films for the domestic and international markets, as well as [...]

  • Oona Chaplin

    Film News Roundup: Oona Chaplin Starring in Horror Movie 'Lullaby'

    In today’s film news roundup, Oona Chaplin is starring in a horror movie, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation will honor Sharon Stone, FuseFX expands, and “Let’s Scare Julie” and “Stray” get distribution. CASTING Oona Chaplin will star in Alcon Entertainment’s horror feature “Lullaby,” based on the mythological figure Lilith. John R. Leonetti (“Annabelle”) is attached [...]

  • Donald Trump Parasite

    Trump Mocks 'Parasite' Best Picture Win: 'What the Hell Was That All About?'

    President Donald Trump took aim at “Parasite’s” historic Oscar wins at a Colorado rally on Thursday. “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” he asked, prompting jeers from the crowd. “Did you see it?” “The winner is… a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about?” he went on. “We got [...]

  • Jack Gordon obit

    Jack Gordon, Former MGM International Distribution Head, Dies at 90

    Jack Gordon, a former president of MGM International Distribution, died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. He was 90. Gordon was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 13, 1929. He was the son of the Oscar-winning composer-lyricist Mack Gordon. Following his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean [...]

  • Nine Days Variety Sundance Studio

    ‘Nine Days’ Star Winston Duke Weighs His ‘Social Responsibility’ to Black Men When Choosing Roles

    Winston Duke, Benedict Wong, Zazie Beetz and Bill Skarsgård might be known for their roles in blockbuster franchises like “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Deadpool” and “It,” but in their latest film “Nine Days,” the actors collaborated on something a little less flashy, but emotionally impactful. Assembling in Variety’s Sundance Studio, presented by AT&T, ahead of [...]

  • Tom Harper

    'Aeronauts' Filmmaker Tom Harper to Direct Romance 'Forever' for MGM (EXCLUSIVE)

    MGM has attached “The Aeronauts” director Tom Harper to its romance “Forever” — a project that’s been in development at the studio for eight decades. Jonathan Glickman is producing “Forever,” based on a romantic novella by Mildred Cram (“Love Affair”), which focuses on two lovers from the past who are reincarnated in the modern world. [...]

  • Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber's 'Cupid' Movie Adds 'Greatest Showman' Director Michael Gracey as Exec Producer

    “The Greatest Showman” director Michael Gracey is joining the production team of Justin Bieber’s animated film “Cupid.” The pop superstar will voice the titular Roman god and executive produce the Mythos Studios movie, directed by Pete Candeland. Black List writer Mike Vukadinovich (Hulu’s “The Runaways”) has also been hired to write the script. “Cupid” marks [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content