The Shadow King

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The Shadow King
The Shadow King.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Henry Selick
Produced by Josh Penn
Written by Henry Selick
Starring
Music by Bruno Coulais
Cinematography Peter Sorg
Edited by Wyatt Jones
Production
company
Distributed by K5 International
Country United States
Language English

The Shadow King is an upcoming film written and directed by Henry Selick. Initially, The Walt Disney Company made plans to release the project, but eventually backed out of the deal, after spending a reported $50 million on it,[1] leaving Selick to proceed without Disney, but with a plot and voice cast.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The Shadow King is a deliciously magical tale about nine-year-old New York orphan Hap who hides his fantastically weird hands with long fingers from a cruel world. But when a living shadow girl teaches him to make amazing hand shadows that come to life, his hands become incredible weapons in a shadow war against a ravenous monster bent on killing Hap’s brother Richard and ultimately destroying New York.

—Press release by Henry Selick, as cited.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Setbacks[edit]

After spending a reported $50 million, and due to unspecified concerns over future costs and benefits, The Walt Disney Company declined the project in August 2012,[5][6] allowing Selick to shop the project to other studios.[7]

Production[edit]

Pre-production[edit]

After the success of his stop motion film Coraline, director Selick was brought into Pixar and given a four-picture deal.[8] He wrote his own script for a story about a young orphan in New York City who has hands with unusually long fingers which the child hides from others. When the child is taught how to make "amazing hand shadows that come to life", they become his weapons in a shadow war against a monster intent on killing the child's brother and ultimately, New York as well. The film began pre-production in 2011,[7] with an expected release date of October 2013.[5]

Release[edit]

In February 2013, it was reported in a press release by Selick that K5 International would be handling sales at the European Film Market.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Selick’s ‘Shadow King’ Finds New Life". Animation Magazine. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Henry Selick’s The Shadow King proceeding without Disney, but with a plot and voice cast". A.V. Club. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Goldberg, Matt (February 5, 2013). "Henry Selick’s THE SHADOW KING Finally Moves Forward; Plot Synopsis Revealed". Collider. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Han, Angie (5 February 2013). "First Look at Henry Selick’s ‘The Shadow King;’ Voice Cast Includes Brendan Gleeson and Jeffrey Tambor". Slash film. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Bettinger, Brendan (August 14, 2012). "Disney Cancels Production on Henry Selick’s Untitled Stop-Motion Movie". Collider. 
  6. ^ Fritz, Ben (September 13, 2012). "Disney takes $50 million write-down on canceled animation project". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b staff (February 4, 2013). "Henry Selick revives ‘Shadow King’: Josh Penn produces stop-motion project". Variety. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ LeBlanc, Will (April 1, 2010). "Henry Selick Bringing Stop-Motion Back To Disney". Cinemablend. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 

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