Neil Gaiman’s book The Graveyard lands a Disney movie adaptation

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Disney will adapt Neil Gaiman’s 2008 young adult novel The Graveyard Book into a feature film with World War Z’s Marc Forster set to direct.

Walt Disney Studios set to adapt Neil Gaiman The Graveyard Book.

According to Deadline, Marc Forster will direct a film adaptation of Gaiman’s 2008 young adult novel. David Magee was also tapped to write the screenplay for the film. The novel tells “the story of Nobody” Bod “Owen, a young boy who is raised by the ghosts and supernatural beings of a graveyard – including graveyard keeper Silas – after his family is murdered”. The art used in the header was by P. Craig Russell and taken from the two-volume graphic novel adaptation of The Graveyard Bookreleased in 2014.

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A film adaptation of The Graveyard Book was originally in the works in January 2009 with Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan signed to write and direct for Miramax, but the project fell apart some time after CJ Entertainment acquired distribution rights in Korea and Japan and agreed to co-finance the adaptation in May 2010. Disney acquired the rights in April 2012 and hired Henry Selick, who had previously helmed the film adaptation of Gaiman’s novel Coraline, to lead. The film later moved on to Pixar, which would have been the animation company’s first adapted work. Selick eventually left the project due to scheduling and development differences and was replaced by Ron Howard in January 2013. The film was stuck in development for nearly a decade until Forster and Magee were hired.


The Cinematic Universe of Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book marks Gaiman’s last work of fiction to be adapted for film or television. Previous film adaptations include those from 2007 Stardust (based on his 1999 fantasy novel of the same name), 2009 Coraline (based on his 2002 dark fantasy children’s novel) and 2017 How to talk to girls at parties (based on the 2006 short story of the same name). Gaiman is also currently an executive producer on good omens Season 2 for Amazon’s Prime Video and the next The sand man series for Netflix. Other TV adaptations include the Fox/Netflix series Luciferwhich was loosely based on characters created by Gaiman for DC Comics The sand manand american godsbased on the author’s 2001 novel of the same name.


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No casting or start of production has been announced for The Graveyard Book right now. Forster’s producing partner Renée Wolfe will produce the adaptation through their 2Dux2 banner along with Gil Netter. Ben Browning will also serve as producer on the film. Disney, Forster and Wolfe have previously worked together on the Winnie the Pooh live action movie Christopher Robinreleased in 2018.

The Graveyard Book does not have a release date at this time.

Source: Deadline

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