Stop-motion Feature Wendell & Wild, From Academy Award Nominated Director Henry Selick And Academy Award Winner Jordan Peele, Coming Soon To Netflix
- Directed by Henry Selick, the Academy Award nominated director of Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wendell & Wild is a new stop-motion animated feature about two scheming demon brothers -- Wendell (voiced by Jordan Peele) and Wild (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key) -- who are forced to face-off against their arch-enemy in order to earn their way out of hell.
- Selick is writing the script with Academy Award winner Jordan Peele, the writer and director of the four-time Academy Award nominated Get Out, and Clay McLeod Chapman, from an original story by Selick.
- Producers: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for The Gotham Group, Jordan Peele for Monkeypaw and Henry Selick.
- Sarah Serata will co-produce.
- Executive Producers: Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw, Peter Principato and Joel Zadak for Principato-Young, Lindsay Williams and Eddie Gamarra for The Gotham Group
- World renowned Argentinian artist Pablo Lobato, known for his brilliant satirical drawings of celebrities, politicians, and sports figures, will be designing all the characters.
- Selick and Chapman also are writing a book for Simon & Schuster
Monkeypaw Productions was founded by Oscar(r) and Emmy(r) winner Jordan Peele in 2012 with the aim to tell stories in comedy, horror and all genres in-between, and to push the boundaries of storytelling. Peele wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed blockbuster Get Out, which was recognized for four Academy Awards(r) including nominations for Daniel Kaluuya for Best Actor, and Peele for Best Director, Best Picture and earning Peele the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. In television, Monkeypaw produced Key & Peele on Comedy Central, of which Peele was the co-star and co-creator. The hit series garnered more than 1 billion online hits and won a Peabody Award, an American Comedy Award, and earned 12 Emmy Award nominations during its five season run earning Peele an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
Monkeypaw has a first look deal at Universal both for Peele's next original feature (which he is penning now) and for additional projects that Monkeypaw produces. Upcoming on the film side, Monkeypaw is in production on the Spike Lee directed feature Black Klansman, the true story of an African-American detective who infiltrated the KKK. The thriller reteams the GET OUT producing team and will be released through Focus.
On the TV side, Monkeypaw developed and is producing Lovecraft Country for HBO along with Bad Robot and Misha Green. The straight to series pickup is an anthological sci-fi thriller series which reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective -- a man embarks on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father, which begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and malevolent spirits and monsters ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. Monkeypaw also has the has the Tracy Morgan series, The LAST O.G. at TBS, which will premiere in April 2018, a dark comedic examination on post-prison rehabilitation back into society, and the TV series The Hunt, inspired by true events, the drama follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters in 1970s America as they set out on a quest for revenge and justice — tracking and killing hundreds of Nazis who, with the unconscionable help of the U.S. government, escaped justice and embedded themselves in American society. In addition Monkeypaw will Executive the reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access.
About The Gotham Group:
The Gotham Group is a management and production company representing some of the most creative minds in Hollywood. Goldsmith-Vein and The Gotham Group, cited in Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch series, have been producers on such hits The Maze Runner franchise; Kodachrome with Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris, which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival; Stephanie, directed by Akiva Goldsman; The Big Game, which chronicles the phenomenon of daily fantasy sports, and Train Man, starring Julia Roberts as the lawyer defending Darius McCollum, the New Yorker who became notorious for driving subway trains illegally. On the television side, Gotham has Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto set to star in and executive produce Biopunk and is developing Randi Zuckerberg’s New York Times bestselling book Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives as a series.The Gotham Group will produce a television series with eOne Entertainment based on The Lying Game, the bestseller by Ruth Ware. Additionally, Gotham has set up Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10, with Reese Witherspoon attached, at New Line and “In A Dark, Dark Wood” at CBS Films. Gotham optioned several bestsellers recently including Janelle Brown’s critically acclaimed suspense thriller Watch Me Disappear and Robyn Harding’s bestseller The Party.