Disney made a bit of progress with their film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. The studio had intended on making it as a stop-motion animated feature with Coraline director Henry Selick; however, those plans were scrapped last summer due to scheduling conflicts. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be a life-action affair possibly directed by Opie himself, Ron Howard.
The book – described by Gaiman as “a lot” like The Jungle Book set in a graveyard (Book Trivia: That’s where Gaiman got the title)- tells the story of Nobody Owens, a boy raised from infancy by ghosts after his family was murdered by something/someone called “the man Jack.” Shortly after becoming a teenager, “Jack” begins searching for Nobody in order to finish what he started. Pretty grim subject matter for a kid’s book, eh?
So, we’ve got a dark live-action film featuring teenagers and the supernatural? Here’s hoping Disney doesn’t attempt to stretch it into a trilogy and brand it “the next Harry Potter.” Provided he isn’t forced by the studio to make the film into something it shouldn’t be, I believe Howard is more than capable of making a spectacular film. How about you?