Remember Neil Gaiman’s delightful YA novel The Graveyard Book? The story was inspired by The Jungle Book and followed a young boy who was virtually raised by ghosts. Several years after its release, we got word that Henry Selick, the director of Coraline was attached to the project over at Disney. But first…he had a super secret project at Pixar he was working on. However, neither his project nor The Graveyard Book came to fruition…so what happened?
Well, it sounds like those two projects may very well have been one and the same, as Neil Gaiman revealed to Collider. When asked about the adaptation, here’s what Gaiman had to say.
“With The Graveyard Book, that makes me sad. It was sold to the Walt Disney Company because Henry Selick, who made Coraline, was at Pixar, at the time, and wanted to make it. They were going to make it as Pixar’s first adapted film. It was going to be stop-motion animation, like Coraline. I was really excited. That was why I went there. Then, Henry wound up leaving with a film that he got half-way through and then abandoned, and it was closed down by Alan Horn. Since then, every 18 months, the same cycle has been happening, where they tell me that they’ve got a new writer on it. Then, a few months later, they send me a script and it’s okay. It’s 75% of the way there. It reads a lot like the last scripts that were done. And then, they tell me that they’re out for a rewrite. Normally, I don’t get sent the rewritten script. They just tell me, “No, we don’t really like it. But we’ve got an idea for a writer who’s going to really nail this.” And then, a few months later, they tell me that they’ve hired the new writer, and it begins again. That’s been happening since they bought The Graveyard Book. I really hope that they make it, and that they make it into something good. I would be perfectly happy for The Graveyard Book to be a TV series. I wouldn’t mind. I’d also love it to be a fantastic movie. That would be wonderful.”
Actually, as great as a stop-motion film would be, I think a TV adaptation would be a pretty solid idea. No, there isn’t a whole lot of content to make an entire season, but if they wanted, they could adapt each chapter into a 30-minute episode and really stretch it out into an eight-episode show.
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