Last December, we reported that Neil Jordan (The Brave One) would be adapting Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. It’s been quiet since then, but today Heat Vision reports that Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures and South Korean company CJ Entertainment are coming on board to help produce the film. They’ll join producers Wayfare Entertainment, Framestore, and Gaiman.
Graveyard Book is like Ruyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” except the boy (named “Nobody Owens”) is raised by ghosts in a cemetery instead of animals in a jungle. He has a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy – an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. Also, if he leaves the graveyard, he will be attacked by a man named Jack has already killed Nobody’s family. It won the 2009 Newberry Medel and spent over 50 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. An adaptation of Gaiman’s book Coraline managed to grab $124 million worldwide last year along with an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film. I’d say 1492 and CJ Entertainment have made a wise investment. Hit the jump for two other projects they’re investing in.
Heat Vision’s article also mentions that the two companies will be producing Killer Pizza and Carpe Demon. Pizza is about “a 14-year-old boy who lands a summer job at Killer Pizza — where such pies as the Monstrosity and the Frankensausage are on the menu — but quickly learns it’s a front for a monster-hunting organization.” I imagine he also learns that people can’t stop giggling if they order the Frankensausage. Adam Green (who wrote and directed horror film Frozen, which was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) will pen the script.
Carpe Demon is based off Julie Kenner’s novel, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom and is about a “stay-at-home mother who is charged with cleaning up her demon-ridden small town.” Earlier drafts of the script were by Kevin & Dan Hageman (the upcoming Hotel Transylvania) and Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris (Superman Returns), but now Columbus (who’s last screenplay was for Nine Months) is tacking a crack it. However, he is not attached to direct at this point.