Over the past five years, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been on the forefront of comedy and Internet culture with their TV show Key & Peele on Comedy Central. A few months ago, the comedy duo bid a fond farewell to their critically acclaimed sketch show for bigger and brighter things.
Key has popped up with smaller roles in a number of movies, such as Pitch Perfect 2 and Tomorrowland, while Jordan Peele has been seen on the Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp mini-series on Netflix and the new sitcom Life in Pieces on CBS. While Key and Peele will always be tied together on the small screen, it looks like they’re going to be focusing their attention on the big screen more, too.
Variety is reporting that Keegan-Michael Key and Peele are developing a new stop-motion animated film with Henry Selick titled Wendell and Wild – 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.” Selick will direct and produce, along with Gotham Group, and will also co-write with Peele.
If you’re unfamiliar with Henry Selick, he directed two of the most iconic animated Halloween movies with The Nightmare Before Christmas for Disney and Coraline for Laika Studios. He also directed James and the Giant Peach in 1996. The comedic chops of Key and Peele seems like it will be a good mixture with Selick’s exacting and wildly impressive animation style.
Key and Peele are no strangers to the world of animation themselves, as Key lent his voice to Hotel Transylvania 2, BoJack Horseman, and the upcoming Angry Birds movie, while Jordan Peele voiced characters on Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, and Axe Cop. With talented people like Selick, Key, and Peele attached, it’s likely Wendell and Wild will be another memorable work of animated cinema.
At the moment, Key and Peele are attached to the Police Academy: Next Generation reboot, while they are also set to appear in the comedy Keanu, which is set for release in April 2016. Henry Selick is also attached to direct A Tale Dark and Grimm: a live-action (rather than stop-motion) film based on Adam Gidwitz’s book of the same name, which follows Hansel and Gretel finding themselves in the middle of other fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm.
We’ll bring you more information on Wendell and Wild as it becomes available.