Announced for development by FilmNation Entertainment last year, the planned big screen adaptation of Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark & Grimm has found a director in Henry Selick, Screen Daily reports. Selick is best known as the man behind modern stop-motion classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline.
Planned as a live action feature film, A Tale Dark & Grimm will be based on Gidwitz’s original frightening and witty stories. Inspired by some of Grimm's more gruesome tales, the story, adapted by Selick, Jon Gunn and John W. Mann, follows the adventures of two unsuspecting children who hold the key to breaking out of the dark ages.
Selick, whose next, The Shadow King, was picked up by K5 International earlier this year, previously worked with live action for segments of James and the Giant Peach and the feature film Monkeybone.
FilmNation has partnered with Marissa McMahon of Kamala Films to finance the development and produce A Tale Dark & Grimm alongside FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder.