The last time we heard talk of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book coming to the big screen it was back in May 2010. At that time we learned that Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures were teaming up with Korean company CJ Entertainment to produce the picture. That seemed to be at least the second go round in attempting to get the film made, with Gaiman’s initial announcement of the project happening way back in the spring of 2009.
Today, it looks like the torch has been passed again, and the film has new producers. A Variety article on VFX house Framestore indicates that they are going to make the film their first, from-the-ground-up movie production. A good match, I think.
It’s not all change. Since news of the adaptation first broke, a few key things have remained constant: it’s going to be live action, Neil Jordan has written the screenplay and will direct.
Jordan is himself a fine novelist, and his new book, Mistaken, was published this month.
Here’s the blurb for The Graveyard Book from Gaiman’s own site:
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.
According to the Variety report, the book’s very… booky title is going to be translated to something more cinema-friendly (not that Walt Disney ever worried about this with his Kipling adaptation). It seems like the film will have a single word title, ditching The and Book for nothing more than Graveyard.
The film is casting now, and is expected to shoot this spring. The budget of $60 million is apparently just clicking into place. I’m sure the best English character actors are lining up as I type.
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