Disney is certainly no stranger to adaptations. In fact, most of their films come from books of fairy tales, theme park rides, and more recently comic books. Now, it seems the mighty house of mouse is looking to get a little more in touch with their creppy side. Acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman certainly is in touch with his more supernatural and fantasy-driven senses. And now, one of his most praised novels is making its way over to the big screen thanks to the studio.
Deadline reports that Disney has picked up Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book to adapt into a future film. Subsequent reports have placed Henry Selick (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas) attached to direct the film. However, Selick is currently working on what’s said to be a “top secret Pixar film” that will be revealed at a later date, which means The Graveyard Book could take awhile until it hits the big screen.
The novel itself is a bestselling children’s title that’s won a Newberry Medal, and is described as “a riff on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Instead of a boy raised by wolves in the jungle, Gaiman tells the story of the surviving child of a murdered family raised by ghosts in a graveyard.”
Coraline itself was a book from Gaiman that was adapted and directed by Selick, and it seems a similar effect is in place here. There’s no word as to who will be writing the film, but it’s stated that Disney is currently searching for a screenwriter.