With his new film "Coraline" off the assembly line and hitting theaters February 6, director Henry Selick is ready to see how his 3-D, stop-motion creation performs. Now that the heavy lifting is done on the adaption of award-winning storyteller Neil Gaiman's children's book, Selick can now look ahead to his next big challenge -- and he hopes that another collaboration with Gaiman is in the cards.
"There's always a chance for a sequel," Selick acknowledged in an exclusive interview with MTV News, "but I'd like to do something else with Neil."
The animation maestro, who previously explained to MTV News why he filmed "Coraline" in 3D, has also brought works to life by Tim Burton and Roald Dahl. Joining with a modern day comics and literary mastermind like Gaiman on "Coraline" has planted the seeds of synergy he hopes will yield a second team-up.
"We've discussed a few different projects," the director told MTV.
Selick seems to be keeping his options open, noting the possibility of a "Coraline 2." He adds, however, that he would appreciate the chance to tackle any one of a number of Gaiman's works.
"It would be more interesting to do something different," he explained. "Virtually everything he's done is already owned, so there's really no title available. I would've loved a crack at 'The Graveyard Book.'"
Gaiman's 2008 story of a boy raised by ghosts, which he first announced would be filmed as a live-action "Graveyard Book" movie in an interview with MTV News last year, is currently spoken for at Framestore, where director Neil Jordan is attached.
Gaiman has a deep body of work behind him, though, dating back to his "2000 AD" comics stories in the late 1980s and encompassing a stready stream of comic book, short story, and novel releases ever since. His writing in "Stardust," "MirrorMask" and "Beowulf," has produced spectacular results thus far.
"But we'll see how 'Coraline' does," Selick cautioned with an optimistic glimmer, "and I think there's another collaboration in the future if Neil is agreeable with it."
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