Deadline says that Disney has bought the rights to Neil Gaiman’s award winning “The Graveyard Book,” and has set Henry Selick to direct. Selick directed another Gaiman adaptation, “Coraline.”
Gaiman’s book is a takeoff of Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” (also in the news); instead of telling stories about a child raised by animals in a jungle, “The Graveyard Book” is about a baby who’s raised by ghosts in a graveyard after the rest of his family has been murdered. It has won numerous awards, including the Newbery, the biggest award in children’s book publishing.
Selick certainly has the experience for the job–aside from “Coraline,” he also worked on Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” He’s currently working on a “top secret” film for Pixar, but will do this one after that is finished and he’s allowed to emerge from the super secret sealed chamber Pixar has him in.
Interesting note: the book was originally optioned by UK Effects House Framestore, along with Wayfare’s Ben Browning. They planned to do a version with Neil Jordan directing, so I guess that would have been live action? They kept renewing the option but never got the film started, so Disney jumped in to take over; Browning is still one of the producers, important info for you producing credit geeks out there. And I know you are.