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Hillsboro’s LAIKA Studios to adapt best-selling fantasy novel

The award-winning stop-motion animation studio bought the rights to “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke.

Cover art from the book "Piranesi" featuring a faun playing a flute.

Piranesi won the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Book art via Bloomsbury Publishing

The local stop-motion animation studio known for award-winning films like “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” will breathe life into a new project rooted in the literary world.

LAIKA said it recently acquired the rights to “Piranesi,” a 2020 fantasy novel by English author Susanna Clarke (who also wrote “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell”). The film adaptation is set to be directed by LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight.

The story follows its namesake character as he searches for something hidden in a mysterious, parallel universe presented as a never-ending house where clouds occupy the upper level and an ocean fills the lower.

“Piranesi is a treasure, and very dear to me,” said Knight. “As a filmmaker, I can scarcely imagine a more joyful experience than wandering through the worlds Susanna dreamed into being.”

Knight is currently directing “Wildwood,” which still doesn’t have a release date, so “Piranesi” won’t be available for at least a few years.

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