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Coraline’s Henry Selick eyes Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane as next movie

June 16th, 2024 by Marc Comments

Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Boxtrolls and Coraline is getting ready to once again dive into the world of Neil Gaiman that he visited in 2009’s incredible Coraline.

While Coraline itself is set for a fully restored 3D release in August, Selick is gearing up to adapt Gaiman’s 2013 novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane into a new stop-motion extravaganza, which he is saying is “almost a sequel” to Coraline, a companion piece, if you will.

“Instead of a child going to this other world with a monstrous mother [Corlaine],” Selick says, “it’s a monstrous mother who comes into our world to wreak havoc on a kid’s life [Ocean].”

The book’s official synopsis reads:

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother.

He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

As per the report: With a honed 35-page treatment and scores of artwork and concept designs, Selick is now shopping the project around, hinting at interest from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio studio ShadowMachine.

Anything that Selick puts his name to has our attention immediately but when you put Gaiman and Coraline into the mix, it makes it almost irresistable.

Thoughts? I want to hear them, guys.

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Source: Variety

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….