News Round-Up: Key & Peele go animated, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ gets a plot, ‘Dragon Tattoo’ finds new star
Henry Selick to team with Key & Peele for new animated stop-motion film
It has been awhile since director Henry Selick made Coraline, one of the better animated films in years, and he has been looking to move on to a new project. While Disney and LAIKA have both passed on The Shadow King by Selick, it looks like a famous duo will help the director get his next project made.
According to Variety, Key & Peele are set to help create a new animated feature with Selick that will be called Wendell and Wild. The site adds that the project is in the early stages with the duo and Selick ironing out creative details while looking for a distributor at the moment.
Selick spoke about the project, telling Variety that:
“‘Wendell and Wild’ is 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.”
The project will come from a script by Peele and Selick with the latter also directing and producing. There is no timetable yet, but it joins a host of new projects for the comedy duo after their Comedy Central show came to an end this year.
Paul Rudd, Alexander Skarsgard to headline Duncan Jones’ next film
While director Duncan Jones just released the first trailer for his next film, the blockbuster Warcraft, he is also getting started on his next movie, which will take him back to the indie scene.
The Wrap reports that Jones has tapped Ant-Man star Paul Rudd and True Blood veteran Alexander Skarsgard to headline his next film, Mute. According to the site, the film is “set in Berlin 40 years from now and follows Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender who has one reason and one reason only for living here — and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.”
Jones wrote the script with Mike Johnson, with a recent rewrite from Damon People, and plans to make this his follow-up to Warcraft. He has said in the past that this is a project he has been hoping to do for a long time and has set aside to work on Source Code and the fantasy epic:
“I’ve been working towards making ‘Mute’ for 12 years now. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’re finally going to shoot this utterly unique film. The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting! ‘Mute’ is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today.”
Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander comes to New York (for a reason we won’t disclose) with his trusty weathered case. This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles (who are called “No-Maj” in the US) and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the U.K. (remember the Salem witch trials?). Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous,… get out of their case.
“We just finished a new draft, and we’re just excited about it. It’s funny, it’s dirty, it’s real. It’s like us.”
“Yep! It’s is all of those things. Amy, in this movie, she has it very together. It’s her lifelong dream to be a flight attendant. She works at the airport. And I’m a mess.”