Oscar-nominated Animation Studio Laika (Missing Link) is delving into the world of live-action, with an adaptation of John Brownlow’s upcoming debut novel, Seventeen. Laika is known for groundbreaking animated films such as Corpse Bride (2005) and Coraline (2005). They were founded by Knight in 2005, and have scored numerous Oscar nominations for their films, including Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link. They also received an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and Kubo won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.
It was confirmed that Laika would work on Seventeen on Wednesday by Laika’s president and CEO Travis Knight: “For the past 15 years, Laika has been committed to making movies that matter. Across mediums and genres, our studio has fused art, craft and technology in service of bold, distinctive and enduring stories. With Seventeen, Laika is taking that philosophy in an exciting new direction.” He also stated, “Seventeen is a stiff cocktail of wicked wit, exhilarating action and raw emotion. John has such a wonderfully unique voice. He’s crafted a brilliant universe with its own powerful identity. Seventeen is a thriller with soul, a sinuous adrenaline-fueled actioner with a sincere heart beating underneath its rippling pectorals”.
Laika was represented by CAA and Brownlow is represented by George Davis at Nelson Davis LLP, Jessica Sykes at Independent Talent Group and CAA.