Apr 07, 2021 12:04 PM EST

Academy Award Winning Studio LAIKA Venturing into Live-Action Films

Academy Award Winning Studio LAIKA Venturing into Live-Action Films

LAIKA has announced that they will be joining the live-action film business. LAIKA is known for the Academy Award®-nominated animated films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo, and the Two Strings, and Missing Link.

The studio has acquired right to Seventeen, the upcoming first novel by acclaimed screenwriter John Brownlow (The Minaturist, Sylvia). Travis Knight, President & CEO, made the announcement.

"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," said Knight. "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."

"I am absolutely thrilled to be developing Seventeen for the screen with LAIKA," says Brownlow. "As a long-time fan of LAIKA's movies for their vision, heart, craft, intelligence, and ambition, I couldn't have hoped for the novel or the universe it inhabits to have found a better or more exciting home. I'm beyond honored to be part of their plans for the future."

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