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LAIKA Acquires ‘Crumble’ Script by Brian Duffield

Oscar-winning duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller will produce, with the writer at the helm, of the studio’s latest live-action effort - an original story of a married couple who go on a world-traversing adventure in the hope of finding a cure to an ancient curse.

Award-winning studio LAIKA, home of modern stop-motion classic animated films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Missing Link, continues to bolster its live-action slate with the acquisition of Crumble, an original script by Brian Duffield (Spontaneous, No One Will Save You). Duffield will direct, with Oscar winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller, as well as Aditya Sood, producing via the Lord Miller banner. Duffield will also produce. Lucy Kitada and Nikki Baida from Lord Miller will serve as executive producers.

Crumble tells the tale of a married couple who go on a world-traversing adventure in the hope of finding a cure to an ancient curse.

LAIKA president of Live Action Film & Series, Matt Levin, made the announcement today.

"We're so excited to partner with Brian and the entire team at Lord Miller on this special film,” said Levin. “Brian has such a singular voice and Crumble perfectly embodies the bold, emotional, and inventive storytelling that we champion at LAIKA. Lord Miller is in a class of its own and we could not ask for a better creative team to bring this story to life.”

Duffield, a sought-after writer/producer/director, is known for mashing up genres and pushing the creative envelope. His critically acclaimed film No One Will Save You starring Kaitlyn Dever released on Hulu in September 2023, earning him a Critics Choice nomination for Best Movie Made for Television, as well as a WGA Award nomination in the TV & New Media Motion Picture category. Before that, he wrote, produced, and directed Spontaneous; produced Cocaine Bear, directed by Elizabeth Banks for Universal; and will produce the upcoming Borderline, directed by Jimmy Warden and starring Samara Weaving. He will also co-write, direct, and produce Whalefall for 20th Century Studios and Imagine Entertainment, based on the recently published novel by Daniel Kraus.

"I'll never forget seeing Coraline on opening night at the AMC Burbank 16 and wondering who these wonderful new geniuses were,” said Duffield. “I can't wait to make a movie with them and hopefully live up to their banner, and I couldn't be more excited to get to go on a new adventure with my friends at Lord Miller."

“We’re so excited to keep collaborating with our friend Brian Duffield who has written a script that is endlessly imaginative, funny, and romantic,” added Miller and Lord. “We have long been fans of LAIKA and Travis Knight’s groundbreaking work in animation and could not be more excited to join forces with them in live action.”

UTA, Circle of Confusion, and Behr Abramson Levy Johnson represented Duffield and UTA and Ziffren Brittenham represented Lord and Miller.

Source: LAIKA

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.