Henry Selick’s ‘The Shadow King’ Saved; K5 International Acquires the Rights from Disney

This film about a young boy whose shadow magic can save New York City was put on indefinite hold, and is already partially completed.

K5 International developing Henry Selick's The Shadow King
K5 International developing Henry Selick's The Shadow King
Henry Selick, the genius behind The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and the Oscar® and BAFTA nominated Coraline, is moving forward with Academy Award nominated producer Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and K5 International on his latest feature The Shadow King.

The Shadow King is a deliciously magical tale about nine-year-old New York orphan Hap who hides his fantastically weird hands with long fingers from a cruel world. But when a living shadow girl teaches him to make amazing hand shadows that come to life, his hands become incredible weapons in a shadow war against a ravenous monster bent on killing Hap's brother Richard and ultimately destroying New York.

The Shadow King is written and directed by Henry Selick. His team includes an impressive array of renowned artists such as Director of Photographer Peter Sorg, (Frankenweenie, Coraline), Eric Leighton, Animation Director on Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Production Designer Lou Romano (The Incredibles), Editor Wyatt Jones (Immortals, Rango, Tron: Legacy, Zodiac), and composer Bruno Coulais (Coraline).

The Shadow King, until recently in hiatus after Disney exited the project, is already a good way into production.

K5 International is bringing Henry Selick to the European Film Market at Berlin to conduct special presentations to selected buyers with exclusive clips from the film screened behind closed doors as part of the presentation.

Henry Selick said:

"K5 is the perfect presenter for The Shadow King - they appreciate the film's exciting blend of the fantastic and personal with its mix of humor, scares, and moments of sweetness. We can't wait to get back into production."

K5's Co-Founders Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur said:

"We immediately realized that The Shadow King is a fantastic and exciting prospect that needed to find the support. To offer our help to Henry's brilliance as a storyteller is an absolute pleasure for us. And it also demonstrates K5's commitment to bringing bigger and bolder projects to the market."

Partner Sales Carl Clifton said:

"Henry Selick is the best in the business. His films are all instant classics and they delight family audiences all over the world over and over again."

The Shadow King was released in 2014. The film is directed by Henry Selick.

Sources: K5 International

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