Disney Deals for Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK with Henry Selick to Direct

     April 27, 2012


Disney has proffered a deal that will reunite author Neil Gaiman and director Henry Selick (Coraline) to bring The Graveyard Book to life.  The best-selling children’s title drew attention from every major studio but Disney ultimately won out on the adaptation rights with a high six-figure bid.  The Newbury Award-winning The Graveyard Book is a one-off take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book which replaces the boy raised by wolves with a young orphan raised by ghosts in a graveyard.   Those familiar with Gaiman’s other works (The Sandman comics, Stardust, American Gods) and, equally, those who were fans of Coraline will be happy to hear that The Graveyard Book is a high priority for Disney.  Hit the jump for more.

Deadline reported on graveyard-book-neil-gaiman-coverDisney’s acquisition of The Graveyard Book as well as Selick’s attachment to direct. Selick, whose works also include The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, is currently manning a project for Pixar, but will pick The Graveyard Book up next. Check out a synopsis of Gaiman’s novel below:

It takes a graveyard to raise a child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.




    Yeah, seems like a Disney movie >:(

    • Bait

      Ever been to the Haunted Mansion?

    • Solomon

      Yeah, let’s start this movie off with a murder and end it with a horrible kid betraying his friend. Gaiman is rubbish.

  • SwankyBP

    INCREDIBLE!!! This could not be better. Selick’s style totally complements Gaiman’s storytelling. This announcement made me want to jump for joy. Graveyard Book is such a great story, and will make an equally great movie.

  • CapnKirk

    Will this be stop motion like Coraline?

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  • Rayban

    Coraline was awful and this will be worse. Gaiman’s books are sad and depressing.

    • anonomus

      You sadden me. You obviously have no taste for wonderful classics.

      • Sil

        Classic? Gaiman is a classic scientologist with no moral compass. As a writer he is a miserable hack.