Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) is planning to helm an adaptation of Coraline writer Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book and he was actively working on an untitled project, planned for October 2013 release. Unfortunately for fans of stop motion animation and workers at Selick's new San Francisco-based studio Cinderbiter, Disney has just halted production, which began shooting last summer.
Deadline reported that the crew were told on 14th and Local 839 IATSE business rep Steve Hulett confirmed on the animation union blog that Disney contacted the union on Tuesday morning to inform them of the impending shutdown. Hulett wrote, “I have no idea why Henry [Selick]’s project was shut down so deep into production…whatever the actual reason, we’re saddened to see so many animation professionals lose their jobs off a feature that appeared to be in full flight. Here’s hoping that Mr. Selick sets the feature up someplace else and folks can continue working.”
Variety reported that, “Sources close to the production said from a creative and scheduling standpoint, the pic wasn’t where it needed to be to meet its planned release date and [Disney] decided not to continue production as a result. While the pic had been in production since last summer, Disney had yet to hire thesps to voice characters. Studio also had yet to reveal any artwork from the project during its production or as promotional materials, making it easier for another distributor to pick up the film. ”