Marvel directors Anthony and Joe Russo are turning their sights to the small screen. In a competitive deal, the filmmakers acquired the rights to the puzzle horror-adventure video game LITTLE NIGHTMARES and are teaming with The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick to bring the game to life on a new platform.
The game, which was developed by Tarsier Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, was released this April. The game follows a young girl named Six who finds herself trapped on a horror-filled vessel known as the Maw. As she makes her way up the ship to try and escape, she must avoid meeting a gruesome fate at the hands of creatures such as The Janitor, the Twin Chefs, and the Lady.
Selick will direct the pilot and maybe more episodes.
The Russos will executive produce alongside Dmitri M. Johnson and Stephan Bugaj of DJ2 Entertainment, who discovered the game while it was still being developed. Dan Jevons and Samuel Gatté will produce and exec produce, respectively, for Bandai, while Mike Larocca of the Russos’ currently unnamed company will co-executive produce.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of the project.
The Russos are currently in post-production on their next Marvel movie, the juggernaut that is Avengers: Infinity War, set for release next year. They are also producing Hulu’s upcoming series The Warriors as well as several other films. They’re repped by WME.
Selick is best-known for stop-motion films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and 2009’s Coraline, which was the last film he directed. He currently has several projects in development, including the Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key film Wendell and Wild. He’s repped by CAA and The Gotham Group.
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