Neil Jordan Adapting Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

     January 27, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

While Omelete’s interview with Neil Gaiman is pretty nifty, Gaiman only mentions his recent Newberry Award-winning novel “The Graveyard Book” is getting adapted. He doesn’t mention by who even though he knows good and well who’s directing it. That information was drawn out under the evil eye of Matt Lauer and The Today Show when Gaiman announced that Neil Jordan would be adapting the book. Gaiman later twittered the information, defeated and ashamed.

“The 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 (Abe Vigoda?). 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.

While all of this actually sounds really cool, I will still hold out hope for a scene involving a bear fighting a tiger.

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