Stop-motion animation studio Laika Entertainment has put the grabs on Philip Reeve’s book Goblins for a possible new film. The British novel has yet to be released in the United States. Reeve also wrote the award-winning book Mortal Engine.
Laika Entertainment released the highly regarded Coraline in 2009, and has a summer release of a new stop-motion film ParaNorman. Laika grew out of the Portland studios of stop-motion pioneer Will Vinton.
Laika Entertainment has attached Mark Gustafson, the animation director of 2009′s Fantastic Mr. Fox, to helm the adaptation.
The 3D, stop-motion animation pic will tell the story of a Skarper, a clever young goblin who lives among his ill-mannered bretheren in an ancient castle. Only he understands that an ancient evil is rising that will bring all manner of monsters and mythical creatures into an epic magical conflict.
No firm date has been set for release.