LAIKA and Focus Features have issued a press release announced their fourth collaboration entitled “Kubo and the Two Strings”. Following their successes with “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” this fourth film is described as a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan.
Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron; Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and Brenda Vaccaro will voice various characters in the film. Art Parkinson, who plays Rickon Stark on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” is providing the voice for the title character.
In the epic fantasy, the scruffy and kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shoreside village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta.
Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known. Summoning courage, Kubo embarks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his family’s history, navigates the elements, and bravely fights for the earth and the stars.
Laila CEO Travis Knight, an Annie Award-winning animator, is making his directorial debut on the film from an original screenplay by “ParaNorman” scribes Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. Production is taking place at LAIKA’s Oregon studios and will once again use the company’s innovative 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique.
The movie is targeting a nationwide theatrical release on August 19th, 2016 through Focus in the United States. Universal Pictures International will release the movie internationally. The project marks the first film in the new three-picture partnership between LAIKA and Focus.