Earlier yesterday Disney closed the deal on the rights for Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. The rights were held by UK computer animation company Framehouse upon the book's release but they were never able to get production off the ground.
Then last night Disney announced that they attached celebrated animator/director Henry Selick to the project. He has already adapted one of Gaiman's works to the big screen, Coraline; as well as other notable animated treats The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach.
The Graveyard Book is a riff on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. But instead of being raised by jungle animals the boy in Gaiman's book, Nobody Owens, is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. When the boy is older the killer returns to finish the job.
Selick is currently working on a top secret project for Disney and Pixar but once that is finished he will begin work on this one.
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