'Coraline' Director to Adapt Neil Gaiman's 'Graveyard Book' at Disney
Development on an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's popular, Newberry Medal winning, children's work The Graveyard Book has been in development since 2009. The project was proclaimed dead by Gaiman himself in 2010, but later that same year, 1492 Pictures and South Korean media company CJ Entertainment picked up the adaptation. However, since then development has been stagnant again. Now Deadline has word Disney has landed the title which is Gaiman's nod to The Jungle Book where the young boy of a murdered family is raised by the ghostly, ghoulish occupants of a graveyard, instead of animals.
Neil Jordan was once lined up to direct, but the project never got off the ground obviously. It's unclear if he's still involved or if Disney is starting over from scratch. I would normally say that the darker material from Gaiman's writing doesn't fit Disney well, but they did support Tim Burton and Henry Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas. It would be pretty great if this turned out to be another awesome stop-motion animated feature like Coraline (which Gaiman also wrote), but Disney's intentions remain unclear. Either way, I'll be glad when the film finally gets off the ground. How about you?
UPDATE: Now Deadline has updated their story to say that The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline director Henry Selick will be directing The Graveyard Book for Disney, which is pretty fantastic considering that's exactly what I was hoping for above. That means this will likely be a stop-motion animated film (honestly, I wouldn't want it any other way), but he won't get to work on the film until after he finishes some sort of top secret film at Pixar. After all, a script still has to be written, so we'll have to wait a little while before we see this adaptation hit the big screen.