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Ron Howard is in Talks With Disney, The Graveyard Book Movie Lives Again


When negotiations between Henry Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Disney broke down last year, after numerous delays on his unnamed feature stop-motion-animated film project, the exact status of The Graveyard Book adaptation was left uncertain. Selick seemed like a shoe-in to adapt another spooky Neil Gaiman young adult novel for kids after his Oscar nominated Coraline. In fact, the production kind of dropped off the map for a while, until today.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Ron Howard is close to being put on the project:

In a new twist, Graveyard has now been reconfigured as a live action movie and sources say Ron Howard is in negotiations to direct… Howard’s boarding signals a new round of development for Graveyard. The director will oversee the writing of a new script and Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment might also end up in a producer role.

The Graveyard Book is simple enough to describe, as even Gaiman acknowledges: it is The Jungle Book but with dead people and a graveyard instead of animals and a jungle. What gives what is basically a series of short stories a denouement is Nobody “Bod” Owens’ discovery and defeat of his birth parents’ murderers, and the onset of his journey to find an adult life in the world of the living outside the graveyard, but knowing that he can always return if he wants to. Indeed, his eventual return is inevitable.

If Howard’s Graveyard Book manages to capture the messages about death and childhood of the book, this is a movie adaptation I’d be very, very interested in.

(via The Hollywood Reporter.)

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  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    Glad they’re doing the movie! Still kind of sad Selick won’t be involved, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.truxillo Laura Truxillo

    My thoughts exactly. Selick on a Neil Gaiman property is just wonderful.

  • http://twitter.com/AmberSwansong Amber Largo

    Inevitable copyedit nitpick: it seemed like a “shoo-in.”

  • Anonymous

    Sad day.
    I had originally heard about this as another Laika animation project . Which would have cemented them as a go to for high quality “Scary kids movies.”

    While I don’t have the same vitriol for Disney as I did during the Eisner years I still think the movie would have been better served under Selick.

  • Coletta Conaway

    The graveyard, but knowing that he can always return if he wants to. Indeed, his eventual return is inevitable.

    http://www.refreshcosmetic.com.au/

  • Anonymous

    I love the book and had hoped for a Selick stop motion movie out of it. But Ron Howard knows how to tell a great story and I have faith in it as a Ron Howard live action. I could see either one of them being awesome as long as it stays true enough to the book.

  • http://twitter.com/Mia_says_what The Notorious MIA

    AHHHH, I can’t wait for this movie! One thing I hope they maintain in the movie is the very subtle ways Silas and Miss Lupescu are “special”. And to keep it subtle, because for me, that was one of my favorite parts of the books- besides the awesome storyline.