Neil Gaiman‘s The Graveyard Book is finally getting the ball rolling on the adaptation of this book, thanks to Walt Disney Studios. According to Deadline, Marc Forster set to direct the pic. He has worked on previous films like World War Z, Finding Neverland, and Monster’s Ball. He is joined by his producing partner Renée Wolfe. They have worked on Christopher Robin and All I See is You.
The Graveyard Book is one of many best-selling novels by Gaiman. Published in 2008 it won the American Newberry Medal, Hugo Award for Best Novel, and the Carnegie Medal. And it tells the story of Nobody “Bod” Owens, a young boy who is reared by a graveyards supernatural occupants after his family is murdered in a brutal fashion.
It has been adapted into a graphic novel by P. Craig Russell. And helping bring the project to life were artists Galen Showman, Kevin Nowlan, Jill Thompson, David Lafuente, Stephen Scott, Scott Hampton, and Tony Harris. The graphic novel for The Graveyard book was split into two volumes and released in 2014.
Also, this isn’t the first time that someone has tried to make an adaptation of The Graveyard Book. Back in 2009, Miramax tried to make the film with Neil Jordan signed on to direct and write the adaptation. From then it hopped over to Walt Disney Pictures where it’s been in development hell, moving from director to director and even once moving to Pixar.
It seems to finally be finding it’s way back to a place where they can actually get something put together.