Colin Meloy’s Wildwood to be animated by Coraline studio

Decemberists singer Colin Meloy recently published a young adult novel, Wildwood, his first in a trilogy. It follows the adventures of a young Portlandian, Prue, who must go into the city’s impassable wilderness in search of her brother who was kidnapped by crows. In the process we’re given glimpses of a colonial Narnia and an anarchist Redwall. It has all the beauty of one of his songs. Now, the film will be up on the big screen.

According to Variety, Portland, Oregon based Laika animation (Coraline) has optioned the rights to the novel. According to Laika CEO:

It’s a story in the grand tradition of Tolkien, as big as ‘Lord of the Rings’ with a wonderful contemporary quality as well. Nothing of its kind has been attempted in our medium. You have these epic scenes alongside very nuanced character moments, which are the two hardest things to do in stop-motion. It’s exciting to imagine how this might all come together.

The studio is looking to adapt the entire trilogy, though they have “previously resisted the idea of doing sequels.”

The novel was illustrated by Meloy’s wife, artist Carson Ellis, who has done much of the band’s artwork over the years. Below, enjoy a short trailer for the novel, done in her art style and animated by Laika.

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 22:42 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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