We last checked in with the feature adaptation of Jeff Smith‘s comic Bone in 2009, when producer Dan Lin explained his plans for the property. There is some new movement on the project, as Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith has signed on to adapt the script, stepping in for Justin Monjo. I love Greek for the mature, heartfelt treatment of its core characters. Smith’s ambitions always exceeded the connotations of an ABC Family program, so I’m excited to see what he can do with a movie script. The comic follows three Bone family cousins—“small, bald, and humanlike creatures with big noses”—who live with a girl and her grandmother in a valley that is menaced by the evil Lord of the Locusts. P.J. Hogan (Confessions of a Shopaholic) will direct Bone. Heat Vision implies that Hogan will polish the script, then head back home to Australia to direct.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of Bone, plus details on the new writer hired to help craft characters for Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Jamie Bell in Snow Piercer.
Evans, Swinton, and Bell are a really solid trio, but we’re excited about Snow Piercer as the English-language debut of Bong Joon-ho, the Korean director behind The Host and Mother. Bong wrote the original script, a drama set in a new ice age about train passengers who struggle to co-exist. Given this is his first English script, it is sensible to bring Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows Your Dead) in for a rewrite before it goes into production this spring, as Variety reports.
Here’s the synopsis for the first volume of Bone, “Out from Boneville”:
The BONE adventures tell the story of a young bone boy, Fone Bone, and his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, who are banned from their homeland of Boneville. When the cousins find themselves mysteriously trapped in a wonderful but often terrifying land filled with secrets and danger – and special new friendships – they are soon caught up in adventures beyond their wildest dreams.
In OUT FROM BONEVILLE, the three Bone cousins are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley where they come face to face with… [Amazon]