Here’s some news to make a goblin grin: the film company LAIKA have optioned GOBLINS, with a view to turning it into an animated feature.  They do very beautiful stop-motion animation, as you’ll know if you’ve seen their movie version of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline (and if you haven’t yet, I’d highly recommend it.)  Here’s a link to the full press release on LAIKA’s website.

And here’s the trailer for their forthcoming movie, ParaNorman.


  1. Anonymous
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 09:31:10

    That is really cool news…

    Now when can we hear more about possible Mortal Engines and Larklight movies?


  2. Tom D
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 09:37:37

    What brilliant news, congratulations! I loved Coraline and can picture Goblins looking great in that claymation / stop-motion style, can’t wait to seeing the results!

    Out of interest Philip, how did you picture Goblins being filmed, prior to learning of LAIKA's interest that is? It must be nice to get an outside perspective on your own work like that.

    And isn’t it quite odd to think that, if someone else had bid for it, the final product could potentially turn out so differently! So many versions of Goblins no doubt doing the rounds in alternate worlds as we speak!


  3. Tim Knight
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:23:39

    Brilliant news! Congratulations!


  4. Sarah McIntyre
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:39:04



  5. Dark Derek
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 13:07:46

    Holy Moly. You kept that quiet matey boy! I am so thrilled at this news. Hope you are running around the Alpaca field whooping with joy. Superb.


  6. Philip Reeve
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 17:06:38

    Thanks, all! Yes, I think it is good news, LAIKA do great films, and I really hope this one works out. Interesting point, Tom; I think I usually see things as live-action movies when I'm writing them. 'Mortal Engines' is definitely a huge explodey action movie, if only in my head. But this one looked a bit like 'Labyrinth' or 'Dark Crystal', the Brian Froud/Jim Henson movies from the '80s, so I guess a stop motion animation is quite a good fit. I can imagine how they'll do the goblins and other creatures, but it will interesting to see what approach they take with the human characters.


  7. Jay Byrd
    May 05, 2017 @ 09:32:30

    Is this actually happening? My son and I love the Goblins trilogy and would really love to see them as films.


    • Philip Reeve
      May 05, 2017 @ 18:31:01

      Glad you like them! I haven’t heard anything about the movie for a year or two, but fingers crossed – the Mortal Engines movie went quiet for about ten years, but it’s happening now, so I’m hoping the Goblins will get their chance at stardom one day!


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