Ron Howard Bringing Gaiman's 'Graveyard Book' Back from the Dead
As of last spring, The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick was supposed to be at the helm of a stop-motion animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed The Graveyard Book. However, last summer, in addition to dropping an unknown stop-motion project, Disney also decided to put the adaptation of Gaiman's book on hold as well. Now Heat Vision reports Disney is making moves on the project again, but this time it will be a live-action film with Ron Howard (who is also working on a new film with Bad Robot) in talks to direct. That's not bad, but Selick and stop-motion was such a perfect fit.
The tale 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. It follows a boy named Nobody Owens who is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. Once he becomes a teenager, he is pursued again by his family’s killer, a being called “the Man Jack.” The last time Howard took on a favorite children's book, it was How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and despite some valiant effort, it wasn't all that great. Maybe this time he can make a family film adaptation and make it work without going over the top? We'll see. Thoughts?