Neil Jordan to Adapt Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book
by Brandon Lee Tenney
January 27, 2009
The inimitable Neil Gaiman is currently touring the world, doing press for the film adaptation of his novel Coraline. During his appearance on The Today Show this morning, he announced that writer/director Neil Jordan will be adapting his latest work of fiction, The Graveyard Book. Gaiman later confirmed the announcement via his Twitter. Although Henry Selick was interested in following Coraline with another Gaiman stop-motion adaptation, The Graveyard Book will instead be a live-action venture with effects by Framestore, an FX production house in London that most recently worked on films like Australia.
Oscar winning director Neil Jordan most recently directed The Brave One and is set to debut Ondine from his own script sometime later this year, a fantastical story about an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid. It's good to see Jordan is cycling back into fantasy mode, as The Graveyard Book is Gaiman's nod to The Jungle Book where a young boy is raised by the ghostly, ghoulish occupants of a graveyard, instead of animals. This is certainly exciting news, because the more Neil Gaiman we have in our lives, the better, as far as I'm concerned! Has anyone read the book yet?