aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Laika will film Wildwood

Variety reports: Laika is looking to its own backyard for its most ambitious project yet. The Portland, Ore.-based animation studio behind "Coraline" has optioned Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I a young-adult fantasy novel set in an alternate version of the Oregon capital, written by the Decemberists lead singer Colin Meloy and illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis.

"Wildwood," published last week by HarperCollins' Balzer and Bray imprint, marks the first book in a proposed trilogy centering around Prue McKneel, a young lady who must confront a world filled with magic and danger after her younger brother is kidnapped, forcing her to enter the Impassable Wilderness.

Those of us in Portland have a) probably had the pleasure of hearing The Decemberists and b) know that Wildwood is an alernate reality version of Forest Park (where Teen was pulling ivy today as a community service project).

Read more details about the film deal here.

And you can read more about the book and watch a few videos of Colin and Carson here.

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