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?
I have read it and loved, but I am biased to Neils work. If you go to http://www.neilgaiman.com/ you can watch a video tour he did of the book and listen to him read every chapter.
Jessica on Jan 27, 2009
It will be interesting to see how they do some aspects of the film, because I thought parts of the book are quite scary and have the potential to be gruesome (like the opening chapter).
Iko on Jan 27, 2009
I love Neil Gaiman and I'm looking forward to this film. 🙂
DarkPadme on Jan 27, 2009
I'm actually nearly finished with it now. There are certainly parts of the book that are very dark. I think it could work really well - so long as those elements are maintained. Harry Potter has its dark moments and works much better for it. I've only recently started reading Gaiman's work (the only other I've read was American Gods which was good too). One thing you can't dispute is that the guy has a vivid and colourful imagination!
Craig on Jan 28, 2009
The book is the best YA books he's done yet. I loved "Coraline" but literally couldn't put "The Graveyard Book" down. It was well deserving of the Newbery it received. The darker parts give it a wonderful edge without being too much. I've used it multiple times already to introduce new people to his work. It's always nice to have a book on hand you're nearlly 100% sure someone will like.
Todd on Jan 28, 2009
I highly recommend listening to Neil read the book aloud as Jessica mentioned. I was lucky enough to see him in person during that tour... He has an amazing reading aloud style. Looking forward to the movie (Coraline too)!
Serafina on Jan 29, 2009
Sounds creepy and funny =)
Dating in Toronto on Mar 23, 2009
Neil Gaiman is a Scientologist and is underwriting Scientology. The Scientologists list Neil Gaiman him in the Cornerstone Newsletter along with Mary Gaiman, as contributing $35,000.00 in 2009. Being listed in the Cornerstone Newsletter means you are in good-standing with the cult. In 2010, Mary Gaiman was awarded the "Gold Humanitarian Award" for her contribution of $500,000.00 to Scientology. This is significant because Mary Gaiman continues to be Neil Gaiman’s business partner in The Blank Corporation, which is now Neil Gaiman's Scientology front and how he pays the cult. Gaiman is also the "Vitamin Heir" of Scientology. The Gaiman family owns G&G Vitamins which reaps 6 million a year from selling The Purification Rundown Vitamins. Gaiman's two sisters, Claire Edwards and Lizzie Calciole are not just high-ranking Scientologists, they are the head of RECRUITING and the head of Wealden House, the Scientology stronghold in East Grinstead. These two cannot associate with Neil unless he is in good standing.
clam watcher on Jun 17, 2010
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