Great news, Neil Gaiman fans … we’ve got a new film on the way! Gaiman’s book The Graveyard Book is being adapted into a feature film by Disney … and it will be directed by Henry Selick, the same director responsible for Gaiman’s book-turned-film Coraline. I suspect that The Graveyard Book will be made in much the same way that Coraline was — with stop-motion animation. BUT, it’s possible the film could turn out completely differently. Click below to read all the known deets about this exciting news.
Disney just made a high six-figure deal for The Graveyard Book, the bestselling children’s title by Neil Gaiman. The book, which won the Newbery Medal among other awards, is a riff on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Instead of a boy raised by wolves in the jungle, Gaiman tells the story of the surviving child of a murdered family raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Gaiman’s works include Coraline, The Sandman and American Gods. The book attracted attention at every studio upon release, and it was optioned for a large fee by UK Effects House Framestore, along with Wayfare’s Ben Browning. They had Neil Jordan attached to direct, but never got it off the ground, even though they kept renewing the option. Disney production chief Sean Bailey stepped in, and won the title in a competitive bidding situation with other studios. Gil Netter is producing with Browning, with Wayfare’s Michael Maher exec producing. The project is a priority for the studio and a potential coup for Bailey. This Disney deal for Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book keeps getting more interesting. I’ve learned that Henry Selick, who helmed Gaiman’s Coraline, is now attached to direct The Graveyard Book at Disney. Selick, best known for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, is already working for Disney-based Pixar on a top secret film. But he’ll do this one after. Selick is repped by The Gotham Group. They are looking for a screenwriter now.
I had heard that Neil Jordan was approached the direct this film (which would’ve been very cool, to be honest) but I am ecstatic that Selick will direct instead. His work with Coraline was genius … pure and utter genius. I thought his vision truly did Gaiman’s story the justice it deserved and I have no doubt he will work the same magic on The Graveyard Book. We’ll probably have to wait a couple of years at least before Graveyard hits theaters but at least we have something very cool to look forward to. Great news. I am very pleased by this.