And with this news I believe this project is on the path to not sucking. Anytime the words “Disney” and “adapting” are linked there’s a sense of fear. “Oh boy, how are they going to fuck this one up?” you ask yourself. Not that Disney hasn’t done great work, of course they have, but they do tend to take other people’s great work and make is almost unrecognizable. Hopefully, by bringing in Henry Selick to direct their adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s The Graveyard Book they’ve avoided screwing it up.
Selick is probably best known for directing Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas, a true masterpiece of stop-motion animation, but he’s also worked from Gaiman’s text before when he directed Coraline, another great film. Stop-motion is wonderfully suited for bring these spooky but not frightening worlds to life and what a smart move to choose it again for The Graveyard Book. Well, I guess we don’t know for sure if it’ll be stop-motion, but remember what I said about making the right decisions so your movie won’t suck. Yeah, this is one of those choices, go with stop-motion.
For those unfamiliar with Gaiman’s book here’s a quick synopsis,
Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.
I don’t think they could have asked for a better guy than Selick to direct this movie. They simply must animate with stop-motion, I just can’t imagine it any other way!
What do you guys think? Picking Selick means it must be in stop-motion, right?