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Laika Preps "Coraline" Film and Pitches More to Come

Variety is reporting on the slate of projects underway at Laika Studios, the animation studio owned by Nike’s Phil Knight after he purchased the famed Will Vinton studios. Their first feature film will be Coraline, a stop-motion project directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. The movie will be released in a limited run at the end of the year to qualify for an Academy Award nomination, with wide release scheduled for February 6, 2009.

The article also contains pitches currently under consideration at the studio, including Here Be Monsters! based on the books by Alan Snow; Jack and Ben, about two bluebirds in a road-rally style race along the north-south migration route; and Paranorman, about a small town under a secret curse and the 13-year old boy who can prevent disaster if only the townspeople would listen to him.

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