Last year it was announced that Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick would direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, for Disney. The initial plan was for Selick’s creepy stop-motion design to be used on the film, and fans were excited.
However, with a planned release date of October this year, things fell apart last August, and The Graveyard Book adaptation was buried. However, there is more life in the children’s story as reports are coming in that Ron Howard (Backdraft, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Ransom, The Da Vinci Code) is in talks to direct the adaptation for Disney.
Howard’s version of the story will be different to Selick’s, and his plan is to have real actors play the parts in a live-action version of the story. How this will play out since half the characters are dead should prove interesting. With Howard finishing off new film Rush, expect confirmation on his involvement on The Graveyard Book soon.
Here is the book synopsis courtesy of Amazon:
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod’s life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?