The great and masterful weaver of tales, Neil Gaiman, has had more than a few of his amazing stories turned into movies over the years. And though the likelihood of a Sandman flick is still just a fanboy dream, there is one more book that Hollywood would like to see on the big screen, his award winning The Graveyard Book. Disney has been trying to get this done for some time, originally bringing back Henry Selick, director of another of Gaiman’s pictures, Coraline. But that fell through and since then the project has been on hiatus. Now, it may get done after all – courtesy of Ron Howard.
Howard is not only looking to take over for Selick, but he also wants to change up the format of the proposed movie. At first the plan was, as can be expected, to make it stop-motion animation. Howard thinks that a live-action format would be best. The director and the great mouse overlord are still in talks, so we’ll just have to wait and see if this one goes any further.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Gaiman’s story, here’s a blurb:
It takes a graveyard to raise a child.
Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.
Personally, I’ve been waiting to see this one come to the big screen, though I, like most, didn’t expect to see it in anything but stop-motion format. Still, it will be interesting to see what Howard can do with it. He’s a great director and I’m very keen to see how he handles one of Gaiman’s stories.
Thanks to Collider for the heads-up.