Writer Extraordinaire Neil Gaiman Talks About What Is Needed For A Coraline 2 To Happen
Neil Gaiman talks about what it would take to write Coraline, a children's book that Laika turned into a movie in 2009.
A little girl who moves to a new house and finds a doorway to another world that is more attractive and enjoyable than her own — as well as more perilous — is the focus of the 2002 film Coraline.
Later, Henry Selick and Laika turned the book into a stop-motion animated film, marking the studio's entry into the big-budget motion picture industry. The 2009 film Coraline received favorable reviews from critics despite not being a commercial success and went on to get an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Gaiman reaffirmed that there are currently no plans for a Coraline sequel, although that might change in the future. "What I've always said is that I wouldn't do a Coraline 2 unless I could come up with a story that was as good as Coraline 1," he explained.
"And so far I haven't come up with (anything)... Actually, as good or better because you don't want to do... you just don't want to do one of those sequels that sort of feels like a made-for-video sequel. If you're gonna do something, it needs to be a Toy Story 2 or The Godfather Part 2 level sequel where you're actually upping your game. So I absolutely wouldn't rule it out, but would absolutely want to go 'Okay, that is the thing that is just even cooler than Coraline.'"
Gaiman seems to be primarily concerned with guiding his own books into television adaptations at the moment. The Sandman, based on his well-known Vertigo comics series, is now the most-streamed show on Netflix and has been since its August 5 premiere. This is his most recent endeavor. Gaiman has said he may write new Sandman stories for the show, saying, "Yes [it could happen], but I'm also incredibly aware that we have an awful lot of [what] we've got...I don't look at this going 'Wouldn't it be fun to add something else in?' I tend to look at this and go, 'We have a long road to travel, with a lot of places that we have to stop on the way.'" In addition, Gaiman is working on two projects with Prime Video: Anansi Boys, a comedy fantasy about the children of the trickster god Anansi, and the second season of Good Omens, based on unrealized concepts he and the late Sir Terry Pratchett, who originally collaborated on the book, came up with.