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Focus Features and Laika re-team for two picture deal; PARANORMAN hits in 2012, another film for 2014

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 4th, 2011

While CORALINE director Henry Sellick may have left the studio, animation house Laika has inked a two picture deal with the studio that brought us his beloved 3D stop motion animated film, Focus Features. Focus has announced that they will be releasing Laika’s next two features, starting with the stop motion animated, 3D feature, PARANORMAN.

The film will hit on August 17, 2012, and will follow the story of a small town, that “comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.”

Starring Kodi Smit-McPHee, Elaine Stritch, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, and Casey Affleck, the film will be followed by a yet-to-be-titled project that will hit sometime in 2014.

As a fan of CORALINE, this is definitely a bit of intriguing news, despite the fact that Sellick is gone from Laika (having moved over to Pixar). I think Focus is on a roll with a lot of their animated releases (primarily CORALINE and the underrated, if flawed, 9), and the premise of PARANORMAN sure sounds interesting.

What do you think?

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