If you’re a fan of Coraline (or any of Neil Gaiman’s other works) you might want to extend your health insurance policy until around 2014 because that’s when you might finally see The Graveyard Book hit the silver screen. Disney has picked up the rights to Gaiman’s gothic children’s version of The Jungle Book.
Per Deadline,”Disney has just made a high six figure deal for The Graveyard Book, the bestselling children’s title by Neil Gaiman. The book, which won the Newberry Medal among other awards, is a riff on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Gaiman’s works include Coraline, The Sandman and American Gods. The book attracted attention at every studio upon release, and it was optioned for a large fee by UK Effects House Framestore. They had Neil Jordan attached to direct, but never got it off the ground, even though they kept renewing the option.”
So it looks like Jordan is off this thing and they’re on the hunt for a new director. In the book, “instead of a boy raised by wolves in the jungle, Gaiman tells the story of the last surviving child of a murdered family raised by ghosts in a graveyard.”
Who would you like to see direct this thing?