I still haven’t read Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. It’s been on my “to read” list for a while. I did read Gaiman’s initial short story the book is based on, which appeared in some magical-themed anthology, and thought it was fantastic. It featured a wonderful premise that felt both spooky and heartfelt at the same time: an orphan child of a murdered family is raised in a graveyard by ghosts. There are so many exciting possibilities with such a premise. Anyway, not long after the book came out and won the Newbery Medal and the Hugo Award, the film rights were optioned. But it never seemed to move forward.
But according to this recent article:
Disney just made a high six-figure deal for The Graveyard Book, the bestselling children’s title by Neil Gaiman.
OK. Progress. Good. But here’s the news that really excites me (if it’s true):
I’ve learned that Henry Selick, who helmed Gaiman’s Coraline, is now attached to direct The Graveyard Book at Disney.
So will The Graveyard Book become a 3D stop-motion animated feature, like Coraline? Wouldn’t that be awesome? We’ll wait and see. I’m looking forward to it!