According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ron Howard is in negotiations to direct a live-action version of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book for Disney. The movie was originally going to be a stop-motion project directed by Henry Selick, but creative issues and scheduling problems dissolved that idea. Now the movie has been re-purposed for Howard to come on board.
Graveyard Book is a children’s book by Gaiman, and it is about a boy named Nobody Owens who is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his parents are killed. And when he is a teenager, his family’s killer, “the Man Jack,” comes back for him. The idea for the book came when Gaiman thought he could write something along the lines of The Jungle Book. The success of The Graveyard Book led to a Hugo Award for "Best Novel," and the Carnegie Medal, which recognizes brilliance in children's literature.
Howard is also overseeing the development of a new script for the project. There is no word yet on whether or not Gaiman will be involved at all in the production of the film.
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