Warner Brothers Gets Bone Rights
Hollywood Reporter brings us news today that Warner Brothers has picked up the rights for Jeff Smith's popular, independent comic series Bone. The 55-issue series spanning 1991-2004 follows "three cousins from the Bone family who are small, white and bald humanlike creatures with big noses. The trio are run out of their hometown and find themselves in a mysterious valley where they are separated and hunted by other creatures. They are taken in by a girl named Thorn and her grandmother, and find out that the valley is threatened by an evil force called the Lord of the Locusts." Huh?
Bone is certainly, squarely a creative storyline dealing with both comedy and dark adventure pretty equitably. Smith apparently drew inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien - Lord of the Rings, anyone? - among other fantasy and epic story tellers. Ok… I'm sort of getting it now. Despite the non-descript, Casper-like appearances of Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, the story deals with pretty intricate and mature, modern-day scenarios. This juxtaposition does sound pretty interesting.
No word yet on what the rendering will be for the upcoming film, such as animated, CGI, live-action, etc.; but apparently an animated version was in the works at Nickelodeon Films, but that fell through. An account of this event was published back in 2000 on Boneville.com website saying "Nickelodeon still wants the movie option, but Jeff felt things weren't going well in terms of how quickly it was coming along (which it wasn't) and the changes that were being made to his and writing partner Dan Root's script. When the option ran out. Nickelodeon made another offer, but Jeff felt they'd all end up doing the same thing again (Sloooow development and studio changes to the script) and declined."
So I guess we'll see what Warner Brothers can do with the work and intended producer Dan Lin.