For years, LAIKA is known for its award-winning stop motion animation features films that won the hearts of many. And now, for the first time, the animation studio enters into unknown territory with live action films.
In a bidding war, the studio optioned the rights to the upcoming novel with John Brownlow’s Seventeen. Brownlow is an acclaimed screenwriter with credits of The Minaturist starred Anya Taylor-Joy in a three-part BBC limited series and Sylvia feature film that starred Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig.
Not much of the storyline is revealed with Seventeen except that it is an action thriller.
“Seventeen is a stiff cocktail of wicked wit, exhilarating action, and raw emotion,” said Travis Knight, president and CEO of LAIKA. “John has such a wonderfully unique voice. He’s crafted a brilliant universe with its own powerful identity. Seventeen is a thriller with a soul, a sinuous adrenaline-fueled actioner with a sincere heart beating underneath its rippling pectorals.”
LAIKA created six animated films with Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Missing Link. Missing Link was its last film in 2019 that generated over $26 million worldwide in the theater box office and directed by Chris Butler. The studio is already underway with production of its sixth animated film.
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“For the past fifteen years, LAIKA has been committed to making movies that matter,” stated Knight. “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.”
UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton preemptively acquired worldwide publishing rights to Seventeen. Hanover Square will publish the book in the United States in 2022.
No cast or production crew have been announced at this time for the film.