The Boxtrolls is an upcoming 2014 stop motion adventure film based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. Produced by Laika, it is being directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi. The film stars Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Toni Collette and Jared Harris.The film is currently scheduled to be released on September 26, 2014.
The film tells the story of an orphaned boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) who was raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors called the Boxtrolls. The Boxtrolls are targeted by an evil exterminator named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), and Eggs has to save his friends from that evil exterminator.
In June 2008, Laika unveiled a slate of projects in development, among which was also an animated feature film adaptation of the Alan Snow's novel Here Be Monsters!. Animation technique not yet decided, Anthony Stacchi was set to direct the film.Laika announced on February 7, 2013, that the adaptation will be their next 3D stop motion/CGI feature under the title The Boxtrolls. Directed by Stacchi and Graham Annable, it was scheduled to be released on October 17, 2014,before it moved up in May 2013 to September 26, 2014.Focus Features will hold worldwide distribution rights to The Boxtrolls, and Universal Pictures International will release the movie overseas (with eOne Distribution handling Canada).