Fans of author Neil Gaiman’s work were really looking forward to this October. That was the original release date scheduled for Henry Selick’s stop-motion animation adaptation of the author’s acclaimed 2008 novel The Graveyard Book.
Unfortunately, the project fell apart last summer (Disney and Selick couldn’t work out their various issues over scheduling and development), but just like a good horror flick, nothing is ever truly dead in Hollywood. It appears as though The Graveyard Book is set to get a new lease on life.
THR’s Heat Vision blog reports that Gaiman’s kid-friendly novel (which has the distinction of being the only title to ever win the prestigious Carnegie and Newbery Medals for Best Children’s Book) is now in the hands of Ron Howard and that plans are afoot to develop it as a live-action feature instead of utilizing animation.
The Graveyard Book focuses on Nobody Owens, a boy raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. As he reaches his teenage years, the killer, named the Man Jack, returns to finish off the bloodline once and for all.
The film will not make its October release date because Howard is rebuilding the project from scratch. He’s currently at work overseeing a new script, and once that’s settled, he’ll presumably begin the hunt for actors to play the parts. The delay is fine with us so long as it means Gaiman’s book finally makes it to the screen.
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