// IP Marketing video - START// IP Marketing video - END

Laika Studios picks up “Goblins” novel for animated feature

Laika Studios picks up “Goblins” novel for animated feature

PanARMENIAN.Net - Laika, the Hillsboro animation studio owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight, acquired an option to produce a movie version of a new book called "Goblins" by British writer Philip Reeve, Oregon Live reported.

The studio said that longtime Laika animator Mark Gustafson, who served as animation director on Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," would direct the new film.

The novel is the story of a young goblin, Sharper, who anticipates the return of an evil sorcerer to the land of Clovenstone.

Laika is run by Knight's son, animator Travis Knight. The studio is preparing to release its second feature, a stop-motion picture called "Paranorman," in August. Its first movie, "Coraline," was a critical favorite and unexpected commercial success.

Last year, Laika acquired an option to film "Wildwood," a fantasy novel by Colin Meloy, singer and songwriter for the Portland band The Decemberists.

Optioned books don't always turn into films. Production problems, changes inside a studio and other issues can derail a project. But "Goblins" is further along than many books, since it already has Gustafson signed on to direct.

 Top stories
The 4th season of the Emmy-winning drama will once again be comprised of three episodes which promise "extraordinary cases."
The film "Earthquake" is based on the real events surraunding the disastrous earthquake which struck Armenia in 1988.
The festival seeks to promote women’s creativity and establish a network among female filmmakers from different parts of the world.
The star is not on Hollywood Boulevard's main Walk of Fame but rather consists of a symbolic star dedicated by the Armenian community.
Partner news