Disney puts brakes on Selick’s stop-motion movie

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Henry Selick

Henry Selick

The Walt Disney Company is not proceeding with Henry Selick’s still-untitled stop-motion animated film, crew members on the project were told Tuesday afternoon.

Known only as “Untitled Henry Selick 3-D Project,” it was scheduled for release October 4, 2013. About 150 San Francisco-based artists were ready to complete work on the movie, which started shooting last summer.

“I’d heard it just wasn’t coming together in a manner that pleased the studio,” said Deadline New York writer Mike Fleming.

Despite the project’s scrubbing, Selick is being allowed to shop the project to other studios.

Other animated films directed by Selick include The Nightmare Before Christmas(1993), James And The Giant Peach (1996) and Coraline(2009).

He still plans to direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s children’s fantasy novel The Graveyard Book. Disney acquired the award-winning book in April for a prospective film.

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