Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book and it's inspiration The Jungle Book are both coming to the big screen
Neil Gaiman's THE GRAVEYARD BOOK will be coming to the big screen courtesy of Disney while a new live action version of THE JUNGLE BOOK will be released by Warner Bros.
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK will mark the third adaptation of one of Gaiman's novels, following the underrated STARDUST and the excellent CORALINE. No word on screenwriter or director yet, but Disney paid in the six figure range for the sought after rights.
Here's the synopsis of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK: 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 acknowledges that THE JUNGLE BOOK was his primary inspiration in writing the novel. Having read both books myself, the homage is clear. Each chapter of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK is a short story that parallels the stories in Rudyard Kipling's classic.
Warner Bros has tapped Steve Klowes, screenwriter for most of the Harry Potter films, to adapt THE JUNGLE BOOK. Klowes will likely also direct the project. While THE JUNGLE BOOK is often associated with the Disney cartoon featuring Baloo and Mowgli, it has other short stories that make up the overall content of the book. No word on whether Klowes will adapt the short stories or tackle just the Mowgli tales.