Will direct the live-action fantasy…

Animation maestro Henry Selick (‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ ‘Coraline,’ ‘James and the Giant Peach’) has closed a deal to take the director’s chair for a live-action version of ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm’ for Kamala Pictures and FilmNation.

Based on Adam Gidwitz’ 2010 book, the “wickedly funny, truly frightening” story follows two children who run away from their own dark fairy tale in search of a better life only to find themselves amidst eight other fearsome tales.

“I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvellous book A Tale Dark & Grimm,” said Selick in a statement. “It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it. Between the great material and a team that really gets it, I hope to make something really special that lasts.”

Marissa McMahon of Kamala Films will finance the development and produce along with FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. John W. Mann and Jon Gunn (‘B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations’) adapted the screenplay with Selick contributing to the script.