Continuing their every-two-year production schedule (Coraline in 2009, ParaNorman in 2012 and this years’ The Boxtrolls), Liaka Entertaiment has announced their fourth feature animated film, based on a new, original story. The film, to be titled Kubo and the Two Strings will hit screens in summer 2016, and has a great cast so far announced. Intended to be “epic and intimate, “, the film will continue Laika’s unique meld of stop-motion and CGI animated films that push the extremes of what stop-motion films are thought to be.
The film is, according to first-time director Travis Knight, “a gripping yarn woven from Japanese folktales and mythology, with lost civilizations, mystical origami, noble heroes, star-crossed lovers, and blood-curdling monsters.” Knight is the son of studio owner and co-founder and chairman of Nike Phil Knight.
The title character will be voiced by Art Parkinson from Game of Thrones. Other voice actors for the film include Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro and Rooney Mara.
The original screenplay is written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, late oif Laika’s ParaNorman. The story is said to be about a humble boy from the village. Kubo has his life disrupted when a spirit from the past tries to enforce an ancient vendetta. Kubo must avoid gods and monsters while he searches for a magical suit of armor once worn by his father, the greatest samurai of all-time.
Release date is currently set to August 19, 2016.