Key & Peele Team with Henry Selick for Stop-Motion 'Wendell & Wild'
Say what?! Yes! Crazy but incredible news. Variety is reporting that animation filmmaker Henry Selick, director of Coraline most recently, is teaming up with comedians Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key for a stop-motion animated movie. The project is called Wendell and Wild, described as a comedy about "two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raoul." Oh yes, this definitely sounds like it's from the mind of Key & Peele. It's just developing now, but it has Selick attached to direct and co-write with Jordan Peele. I'm a big fan of all three of these people, so it's exciting to see them planning a new project together.
Henry Selick is working on a stop-motion animated movie with @JordanPeele and @KeeganMKey. Seriously, what a time to be alive.
— Ethan Anderton (@Ethan_Anderton) November 3, 2015
According to the report, the project is "is not set up yet with a buyer, but the entire team is passionate about the direction." That team being Selick, Key & Peele pushing this along. Commenting on his interest in "dark and twisty tales", Selick references: “Charles Addams cartoons, the original 'Twilight Zone' series, Ray Harryhausen's stop-mo monsters, Disney’s Night on Bald Mountain, Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter, the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers – these were the things that caught and held my attention as a kid. Used to be what I liked was a small percentage of what was being made. These days, everything is dark, darker, darkest." I'm always up for more from Selick, and its been a while since his last.
For now, we'll have to keep an eye on any development updates. Even Variety points out that Selick has been attached to a handful of additional stop-motion projects (e.g. The Shadow King, A Tale Dark and Grimm, Graveyard Book) that have been put on hold or haven't really started up yet. Hopefully this one takes off.