Hillsboro Studio Laika To Make Animated Film With ‘Ozark’ Creator

Hillsboro animation studio Laika introduced its subsequent undertaking on Wednesday, a stop-motion movie based mostly on a narrative by screenwriter Invoice Dubuque. Dubuque is government producer of the hit Netflix crime drama “Ozark”.

The brand new movie, “The Evening Gardener”, guarantees a darker and significantly extra grownup manufacturing than Laika’s earlier works, all aimed toward youngsters and youngsters. Idea artwork for the movie exhibits a worn wrapper subsequent to bloody flowers.

“The Evening Gardner” is “a gritty neo-noir folktale centered on a younger man in rural Missouri struggling to maintain his household collectively within the aftermath of tragedy,” Laika mentioned in her announcement. “The movie will paint an unshakable portrait of sacrifice, self-reliance and revenge.”

Laika CEO Travis Knight will direct the brand new movie. Knight is the son of studio proprietor, Nike co-founder Phil Knight, and beforehand directed Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Bumblebee,” the newest movie within the Transformers franchise.

The studio didn’t announce a launch date or say when it may start filming. Along with Ozark, Dubuque wrote a screenplay for “The Six Billion Greenback Man,” a stalled reboot of the Seventies TV present. Knight was beforehand connected to this live-action undertaking, however it was by no means filmed.

Laika has made 5 animated movies since 2009, all nominated for an Oscar for greatest animated function. His most up-to-date movie, 2019’s Lacking Hyperlink, received a Golden Globe.

Laika as soon as modeled at Pixar with the ambition to launch a brand new film yearly. However manufacturing has slowed significantly in recent times and field workplace returns for his movies have fallen as moviegoers more and more choose blockbusters over the Oregon studio’s artisanal dishes.

Laika is at the moment filming “Wildwood,” based mostly on a fantasy novel by Colin Meloy, the lead singer of Portland rock band The Decemberists. Knight can be directing this movie.

“The Evening Gardener is a ravishing, timeless story that quickens the heartbeat as typically because it breaks the guts,” Knight mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday. “Invoice is a masterful storyteller. He created a layered lyrical world with complicated characters, provocative concepts and deeply felt feelings. It should be one hell of a film.”

— Mike Rogoway | [email protected] | Twitter: @rogoway | 503-294-7699


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