Jeff Smith's Bone Comic Might See Three Movies from WB
More than a year ago we reported that Warner Bros had picked up rights to Jeff Smith's independent comic Bone. Not much has happened since then, but Comic Book Resources (via SlashFilm) has a report from Jeff Smith's appearance at the Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco this last weekend. Good news is that he's "very happy with the progress so far" but no release date has been set yet. Although he did also go on to say that they'll probably end up making not one, but three films based off of Bone. The only other question Smith was asked was if it was a big decision to do a CGI movie instead of a 2D hand-drawn one.
Smith noted he was a huge fan of hand-drawn animation, and had even tried to pull together a "Bone" cartoon with some friends he has in the animation business. "It was just too big, too expensive," he said. "I ended up just spending my time trying to get everyone to get along with everyone else."
Bone (visit boneville.com for more) is a 55-issue comic book series spanning 1991 to 2004 that 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." Smith drew inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien among other fantasy and epic story tellers. Looking forward to seeing this actually get under way.