More on Selick’s Coraline

From Scifi.com’s Scifi Wire for Feb 15 at http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/art-main.html?2001-02/15/14.00.film

Selick Drafting Coraline Film

Director Henry Selick (Monkeybone) told SCI FI Wire that he’s writing a fantasy feature-film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s children’s novel Coraline, which he will also direct. “I’m going to try to get the first draft done before the [upcoming writers’ union] strike, so we can at least go out and do design work and get actors,” Selick said in an interview.

Coraline tells the story of a young girl who lives in a London duplex with her parents. She unlocks a forbidden door in her flat, which opens into a disturbing parallel world. “She finds a mirror image of her own life, except in that world, her formerly distinterested parents fawn over her,” Selick said. “But it turns out to be ultimately a terrible trap, and she has to not only escape from the trap, but also rescue her parents and other children who have become trapped in there. It’s a beautiful, elegant story. My main job is not to mess it up and keep it as close to the original, because it’s so beautifully written.”

Selick said the film will be live action, with some animation. Selick is working with former Fox chief Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium production company.