My reaction to most headlines these days is somewhere on the spectrum between “Duh, of course” and “Why has my head hit my desk so hard?” But then I read this exclusive bit of news over at Deadline and it was as though I’d discovered a hole in my heart only this fantastic-sounding movie can fill. Like, I’m not going to be satisfied until Wendell And Wild is in my life.
Here’s the gist: Netflix will finance and distribute a new stop motion animated feature directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas), based on his own original idea. Wendall And Wild tells the story of two scheming demon brothers, who will be voiced by newly-minted Oscar winner Jordan Peele and his longtime comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key. Peele is helping co-write the script with Selick and Clay McLeod Chapman, and his Monkeypaw production company will help produce the film. Argentinian illustrator Pablo Lobato will handle the character design, and based on what I’ve seen of his other work… this should be stunning.
As thrilled as I’ve been with the work Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key have produced individually, I was always curious if they’d ever reunite, either to revive their Comedy Central series Key and Peele in some capacity or on some other project (Keanu 2: HyperKeanu maybe?!). I definitely wasn’t anticipating that they would re-team for a stop motion Netflix movie. But you know what? That actually sounds pretty brilliant. I’ll take it.
Let the waiting game begin…