Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book has been in development since 2008. Ron Howard is currently in talks to direct, and if he agrees, the novel might finally get the big screen adaptation it deserves.
Howard is looking to direct The Graveyard Book for Disney. The film is inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic The Jungle Book.
Gaiman’s novel tells the story of an unusual boy named Bod, 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.
Gaiman has a great imagination, and his work has previously been brought to the screen with Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust in 2007 and Henry Selick’s Coraline in 2008. Previously, Selick was suppose to direct the film as a stop-motion picture, but when he parted ways with the studio, the project was dropped. The film will no longer going to be in stop-action animation, it’ll just be a regular live-action movie.
Howard is gearing up to release his Formula 1 racing movie, Rush (which stars Chris Hemsworth), on September 20.
SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter