Some big news this morning as Neil Gaiman revealed to MTV that he’ll be adapting his latest project, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, which is now number one on its respective New York Times list. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. Inside you can read about the adaptation, which won’t be animated.Thinking out loud, Gaiman confirms the adaptation.
“I don’t know if I can talk about this, but seeing that you’ve asked me, and seeing that I haven’t been told by anybody that I can’t talk about it,” Neil revealed, “but yes.”
The interesting news is that Gaiman finally has decided against making an animated adaptation and will shoot this film as a live-action feature film. Special effects house Framestore is onboard – they are “best known as the leading special effects house in the U.K.,” he said. (Harvey Dent’s transformation into Two-Face in “The Dark Knight“? That was Framestore).
“They want to start making films, and start producing their own films,” Gaiman said. “And they read it, and they loved it, and I spoke to them, and they said all the right things, and they seem to listen. So I don’t think it’s going to be transported to a graveyard in Los Angeles where they’ve been burying bathing beauties or anything. I think we’re actual going to stick with where the book is written and film that. And I think part of the idea is that they know they can also do the special effects cheaply.
“That will be a big issue for this film, considering most of the characters are “dead, or werewolves, or ghouls, or something else mysterious,” Gaiman said.
You can read the entire interview here.