When it appeared there was no hope for an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's kids novel, The Graveyard Book,
news has emerged that the project is back on. All is not lost, or maybe it is.
We were delighted when it was reported that Henry Selick would be directing a stop-animation film based on the story...
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.
The director of James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas
doing another Neil Gaiman story? Oh yes, please. Then the relationship between rights owners, Disney, and the director took a sour turn, they parted ways, and the project was put on hold.
Today's announcement names Ron Howard as being in talks to direct a live action version of the story. Howard will oversee completion of a new script and will possibly produce the film along with Life of Pi's Gil Netter.
My thoughts about this development? Remember the last time Howard adapted a children's book?
All other arguments are invalid.
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