Mon
Apr 30 2012 10:30am

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book Will Be a Film Directed by Henry Selick

Famous for his work on The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, Henry Selick is set to adapt a film version of Neil Gaiman’s Hugo and Newbery award winning novel, The Graveyard Book. At this time it is unknown who will be writing the screenplay adaptation nor is it known if the film will be stop motion animation in the style of Selick’s previous work.

The Graveyard Book tells the story of Nobody Owens, an orphan raised by ghosts in a graveyard. We’re excited about whatever form the film adaptation takes and can’t wait for its eventual release.

[News via The Mary Sue and Deadline]

6 comments
Natenanimous
1. Natenanimous
The Graveyard Book is perhaps my favourite Gaiman story outside of Sandman, and given that he's my favourite author, that's saying a lot. It was wonderful. If a movie adaptation could live up to the adaptation of Coraline (not as good as the book, but still quite good), then I'll be very happy.
Natenanimous
2. paleo
Yay, this has to be one of his best if not his best story. Seems like the story is simple enough to make into a movie without much trouble.
Irene Gallo
3. Irene
Such good news. I loved Nightmare and Corraline. I hope they do a true "art of" book this time -- the concept work for Coraline was fantastic.
Brian R
4. Mayhem
@2
well, yes, since it's a gothic take on the Jungle Book with a series of vignettes, it should translate really well.

My question is going to be whether they will try and disguise the true nature of Odd's mentors like is done in the book - most people don't realise what Silas really is until near the end, which nicely removes a lot of the historical influences people bring with them when they hear the words werewolf or vampire.
Natenanimous
5. Jaya Lakshmi
It'll probably be easy for them to do, like showing Silas without a reflection or deliberately not eating food.

Henry Selick and Neil Gaiman go together like organic peanut butter and spiced pumpkin jelly: so unique, exotic and pleasing to the palate.
Jaay Vanmeer
6. JaayV
I am so excited to hear this! This was such a great book and I cannot wait to see what Mr. Selick has planned for it as a film!

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