Key & Peele Are Making a Stop-Motion Demon Comedy with the Director of The Nightmare Before Christmas

Thank goodness Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele aren’t slowing down after their sketch comedy show Key & Peele wrapped up its five-year run earlier this year. In unexpected but very cool news, they’re teaming up with Henry Selick—who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline—for a stop-motion demon movie called Wendell and Wild.

No, not Peele’s nerd parody character Wendell. The movie will be based on an original story from Selick, which he describes as…

Wendell and Wild is a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raoul.

Yep, we’re on board. Key & Peele have already established their skill at turning genre conventions on their ears, and their best sketches were ones where their characters were at odds with each other. Hell, they carried True Detective-style banter through two seasons; they’ll be great as demon brothers.

Selick talked some more about our culture’s love for creepy stories:

We are who we are. Charles Addams cartoons, the original Twilight Zone series, Ray Harryhausen’s stop-mo monsters, Disney’s Night on Bald Mountain, Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter, the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers—these were the things that caught and held my attention as a kid. Used to be what I liked was a small percentage of what was being made. These days, everything is dark, darker, darkest.


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