Neil Gaiman’s children novel THE GRAVEYARD BOOK has been on studio wish lists since its 2008 release. After originally having Henry Selick, who adapted Gaiman’s CORALINE to the big screen in stop motion style, the film looks like it has a new director and a new lease on life. The film may have a new director: Ron Howard! If he does indeed join the film, and it sounds like a near look, the film will obviously be live-action, unlike the stop-motion treatment when Selick was onboard.
The book is described:
Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.
Gaiman is famous for his work on SANDMAN in the comic book land, and is a best selling author with a litany of other titles.