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Gaiman Graveyard Book to Disney

By Robert T. Trate     April 29, 2012
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Disney has picked up Neil Gaiman’s Newberry Award-winning novel The Graveyard Book. Gil Netter, a veteran producer with adaptations including Marley & Meand the upcoming Life of Pi among his credits, is producing with Ben Browning. 

The book tells of a boy named Nobody Owens who is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. When he is a teen, he is pursued again by his family’s killer, a being named “the Man Jack.”

Several companies, Miramax among them, have tried and failed to get an adaptation of the 2008 book off the ground. Neil Jordan was developing one iteration of it, as was Chris Columbus’ 1492 Productions. Prior to Disney snapping up the rights, the book was with CGI animation house Framestore.

Gaiman, repped by CAA, is well known as the author of his DC/Vertigo comic book series The Sandman. Among his prose work, Coraline was adapted into a stop-motion animated feature by Laika while Matthew Vaughan directed Stardust.

Sound off Maniacs, who has read this Gaiman book?  


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HarryTuttle 4/29/2012 6:05:52 PM

 Sounds great, but...Disney??

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 4/29/2012 7:13:28 PM

I loved it. Disney can do great with it. Didn't they make The Nightmare Before Christmas? I wonder if this will be live action, CGI or stop motion. I think stop motion might be the best choice.

jetpackjesus 4/29/2012 7:41:22 PM

The Newberry Award is nice and all, but it's probably very worth mentioning that it also won the Hugo Award, which is kind of a big deal.  

Regardless, it's an awesome book, just like everything else Gaiman has written.  He's my favorite author, hands down, and I hope they can pull this adaptaion off.  



tiredjay 4/30/2012 7:20:43 AM

It's a kid's book.  Of course Disney.

Wiseguy 4/30/2012 8:21:20 AM

As lauded an author as Gaiman is his works have been having a hard time finding mass appeal. Hopefully this'll do it for him.

Having the producer of Life of Pi aboard hopefully will help, I'm pretty excited for that film

monkeyfoot 4/30/2012 10:10:53 AM

This sounds like such a great concept by a great author. I'm tempted to read it before the movie gets made.


MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 4/30/2012 11:00:56 AM

Monkeyfoot - if you're going to get into Neil Gaiman also check out one of the funniest books ever written:  Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.

Also, the second funniest book ever which is not by Gaiman. It's called Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore.

dalgoda 4/30/2012 7:52:03 PM

Gaiman is great.  I thought I also read a while back that American Gods would be a series for one of the cable networks.  That should be good as well.

karas1 5/2/2012 12:49:13 PM

American Gods as a series on HBO would be great!



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