PORTLAND, OR, Sep 08, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — LAIKA has optioned Wildwood, the debut HarperCollins children’s novel written by Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists, with illustrations by award-winning artist Carson Ellis. The announcement was made today by Travis Knight, President & CEO of the animation studio. LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio which produced the Oscar(R) and BAFTA(R) nominated feature film Coraline, is currently in production on the 3D stop motion animated feature film ParaNorman.
“Wildwood is a marvel, an exquisite, staggering, and lyrical work of art,” said Mr. Knight. “It’s an uncannily perfect fit for LAIKA, commingling the time-honored qualities of classic fantasies and fairy tales with a bold, contemporary sensibility. Colin’s captivating, melodic prose and Carson’s gorgeous, spellbinding illustrations form a rich bounty of ideas, language, and imagery. ‘Wildwood’ is a wonderful work of literature, and LAIKA is fully committed to honoring it with an exceptional, groundbreaking film.”