You may want to sit down for this news.
Anthony and Joe Russo, the filmmaking duo behind Captain America: Civil War and Winter Soldier, are teaming up with A Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick to bring horror adventure video game “Little Nightmares” (read our review) to the small-screen, THR just broke the news.
The Russo Bros will develop and exec produce the television series with Dmitri M. Johnson and Stephan Bugaj of DJ2 Entertainment, the company making a name for itself adapting video games such as “Life is Strange” and “Sonic the Hedgehog”.
Selick will direct the pilot and possibly other episodes.
The game follows a nine-year-old girl named Six who finds herself trapped on the bottom of a terror-filled ship named the Maw. With hunger and the depths one goes to satiate that hunger as the themes, the storyline follows Six as she tries to move up the ship while evading capture and death at the hands of characters named The Janitor, the Twin Chefs, and the Lady.
Dan Jevons will act as a producer while Samuel Gatté will executive produce for Bandai-Namco. Russo company exec Mike Larocca will act as co-executive producer.
The Russos, via their yet-to-be-named company, are developing projects for various media, recently partnering with Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, the team behind indie breakout Swiss Army Man, on an original sci-fi movie venture. The Russos are in post-production on the mega-Marvel production Avengers: Infinity War, which is slated for a May 4, 2018 release.
Selick is the Academy Award-nominated director behind not only the classic Nightmare Before Christmas but also 2009’s Coraline and 1996’s James and the Giant Peach.