Just check out this plot blurb, and then imagine it rendered in stop motion of Selick’s caibre:
The Shadow King is a deliciously magical tale about nine-year-old New York orphan Hap who hides his fantastically weird hands with long fingers from a cruel world. But when a living shadow girl teaches him to make amazing hand shadows that come to life, his hands become incredible weapons in a shadow war against a ravenous monster bent on killing Hap’s brother Richard and ultimately destroying New York.
Surely that alone would sell tickets? If all this film had for a poster was that blurb, typed out in totally bland type on a big bit of white paper, I still think there’d be an audience.
And it’s bound to look great too with Peter Sorg as cinematographer and Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles‘ Lou Romano in charge of production design.
Selick has now working with the sales agents at K5 international to try and get the project going again with new funding. From the press release cut and paste at Deadline, it does seem that they’ll be able to retrieve work from Disney rather than start again. There’s also a hint that animation has started up again:
The Shadow King until recently in hiatus after Disney exited the project, is already a good way into production.
K5 International is bringing Henry Selick to the European Film Market at Berlin to conduct special presentations to selected buyers with exclusive clips from the film screened behind closed doors as part of the presentation.