Gaiman's THE GRAVEYARD BOOK Rises With Ron Howard At The Helm?

When it appeared there was no hope for an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's kids novel, The Graveyard Book, news has emerged that the project is back on. All is not lost, or maybe it is.

We were delighted when it was reported that Henry Selick would be directing a stop-animation film based on the story...

The Graveyard Book is a riff on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. But instead of being raised by jungle animals the boy in Gaiman's book, Nobody Owens, is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. When the boy is older the killer returns to finish the job. 


The director of James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline doing another Neil Gaiman story? Oh yes, please. Then the relationship between rights owners, Disney, and the director took a sour turn, they parted ways, and the project was put on hold. 

Today's announcement names Ron Howard as being in talks to direct a live action version of the story. Howard will oversee completion of a new script and will possibly produce the film along with Life of Pi's Gil Netter. 

My thoughts about this development? Remember the last time Howard adapted a children's book?

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  • kevo42

    It's like joy and sadness in the same sentence. A new movie based on Neil Gaiman ? Yeah ! A new book adaptation by Ron Howard ? Well, I remember I had something really important to do that will prevent me from seeing this movie for the next 20 years.

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