When Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key first went about planning their post-Key & Peele projects in 2015, one of the more interesting titles was Wendell and Wild — a stop-motion animated film from Coraline and Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick. Three years later, it seems like the pair are finally ready to pencil this one into their increasingly busy schedules.
Throw another TV project on Marvel directors the Russo brothers’ ever-tightening slate. The pair are working with the director behind The Nightmare Before Christmas for a TV adaptation of fan-favorite video game Little Nightmares.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a beloved ’90s classic. But did you know the movie started life over ten years earlier, when producer Tim Burton wrote a poem in 1982? At the time, Burton was an animator at Walt Disney Studios, and he tried to turn The Nightmare Before Christmas into a short film. Disney considered it, but nothing ever happened with it, and eventually Burton lost his job. Then he went on to direct Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Batman. Suddenly, Disney was more interested in The Nightmare Before Christmas, and as an entire feature-length film. That’s just one of the Nightmare Before Christmas facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Sadly, we have been reluctantly ushered into a post-Key & Peele world by the riotous Comedy Central sketch show’s conclusion back in September. But the show went out on the best possible terms that any show can possibly hope to end. Instead of grinding on and on until quality and viewership declined, compelling the network to pull the plug, both Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key agreed that the show had run its course and that they were interested in pursuing new projects. So, yes, while we may be living in a post-Key & Peele world, we’re far from living in a post-Key and Peele world.
150 people are officially out of a job today as Disney has pulled the plug on director Henry Selick's latest stop-motion film. The untitled project has been in production for a year and was scheduled for an October 2013 release. What's up with that, Disney?
Sometimes, a filmmaker and an author are a match made in heaven. Case in point: Henry Selick and Neil Gaiman. Although Selick's stop-motion adaptation of Gaiman's 'Coraline' may not have followed the book beat-for-beat, it perfectly captured the strange, nightmarish whimsy that is inherent in so much of the author's work. Now, Selick will take on Gaiman yet again, this time with an adaptation of '