Henry Selick’s Film Dead At Disney

Disney Pictures have scrapped plans to develop “Coraline” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” helmer Henry Selick’s new untitled stop-motion animated feature which they had previously scheduled for October 2013 reports Variety.

Around 150 staff working at Shademaker Productions, where the film has been in production since last summer, were notified yesterday afternoon. Sources involved say the film wasn’t at the point it needed to be to meet its planned release date.

As a result the studio couldn’t continue production. Selick however is now free to shop the property to another studio and it’s expected to find a home with another distributor sometime soon – helped by the fact no promotional materials had yet been made by Disney for the film.

It also isn’t expected to affect development of Selick’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” which is also at Disney.