Disney has halted work on Henry Selick’s stop-motion animated feature that was scheduled to be released in October of 2013. The film, which did not have a title yet, was not where it needed to be to meet production deadlines according to sources.
This is the first project that new Disney Exec Alan Horn has cancelled since he replaced Rich Ross as the Chairman of Walt Disney Studios in June. The 150 people that were working on the project from San Francisco based Shademaker Productions were informed on Tuesday.
Selick has directed the stop-motion films Coraline, James and Giant Peach, and Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Selick now has the option to shop the project to another studio.
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