Animation fans rejoice! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laika, the stop motion animation studio once thought dead after the disappointing box office performance of Kubo and the Two Strings, has risen from the ashes in a partnership with Annapurna Pictures to produce a fifth film. At this time the flick is simply titled Film Five, a moniker that should change once Laika becomes a little less tight-lipped about the film's plot. Director Chris Butler of Paranorman fame has described the film as a comedy-adventure, but that's about all we know other than that it's apparently "bursting with humor, heart, and a profound message of acceptance and finding one's place." Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis are all in the mix to star, which only says good things to us.
Look, we're pretty stoked about this news. Coraline and Paranorman are veritable classics of child-focused horror cinema, which you just don't see too much of these days. Kubo and the Two Strings was one of the best films of 2016, full stop. The Boxtrolls… well, it sure exists, but those other three are fantastic films from one of the few studios putting the time and craftwork into keeping stop-motion animation alive. After Laika CEO Travis Knight stepped away to direct Bumblebee of all things, the future of Laika seemed pretty dire, so we're excited to see more gorgeous and meticulous stop-motion coming our way. Film Five is probably still a long ways off, but we'll let you know the moment we have more to share.