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Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book and it's inspiration The Jungle Book are both coming to the big screen

Apr. 27, 2012by: Alex Maidy

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.

Source: Deadline

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7:01PM on 04/27/2012

writer

name is Kloves.

also, this sounds legit.
name is Kloves.

also, this sounds legit.
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7:17PM on 04/27/2012
Sounds nifty on both fronts. Sounds potentially cool.
Sounds nifty on both fronts. Sounds potentially cool.
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7:44PM on 04/27/2012
I was on board until Steve Kloves' name came up. If Stephanie Collins can write the Hunger Games movies why can't Neil Gaiman write this?
I was on board until Steve Kloves' name came up. If Stephanie Collins can write the Hunger Games movies why can't Neil Gaiman write this?
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11:21PM on 04/27/2012
"Stephanie Collins" isn't writing the Hunger Games movies (nor is Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games), and Kloves is writing The Jungle Book, not The Graveyard Book.
"Stephanie Collins" isn't writing the Hunger Games movies (nor is Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games), and Kloves is writing The Jungle Book, not The Graveyard Book.
9:46PM on 04/27/2012

Neil Gaiman told me

Neil Jordan's name was attached to The Graveyard Book back in 2009. Not sure if that's still the case.
Neil Jordan's name was attached to The Graveyard Book back in 2009. Not sure if that's still the case.
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12:11AM on 04/28/2012
I got excited back when Neil Jordan was attached. He's one of few directors that I think would do justice on Gaiman's excellent book. Still, these could both be good. I've been waiting a long time for a good Jungle Book adaptation.
I got excited back when Neil Jordan was attached. He's one of few directors that I think would do justice on Gaiman's excellent book. Still, these could both be good. I've been waiting a long time for a good Jungle Book adaptation.
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4:15AM on 04/28/2012
this is good but they need to go ahead and make American Gods already.
this is good but they need to go ahead and make American Gods already.
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2:05PM on 04/28/2012
Such a great book, ending pulls at my heart strings.

I feel like the movie will fail, ultimately, to capture what made the book special (but don't they always?). I just hope it get's a live treatment and they don't go animation/stop-motion like they do with all Gaiman's work.
Such a great book, ending pulls at my heart strings.

I feel like the movie will fail, ultimately, to capture what made the book special (but don't they always?). I just hope it get's a live treatment and they don't go animation/stop-motion like they do with all Gaiman's work.
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4:25PM on 04/28/2012
Okay, word on the street now (not sure when JoBlo will be reporting this) is that Henry Selick has been tapped to direct 'The Graveyard Book' after his current project. It also looks like it'll likely be stop-motion in the 'Coraline' style. While that was perfect for 'Coraline,' I think it's a mistake for 'Graveyard.' Also, while I love him as a director, I thought Neil Jordan was a much better choice.
Okay, word on the street now (not sure when JoBlo will be reporting this) is that Henry Selick has been tapped to direct 'The Graveyard Book' after his current project. It also looks like it'll likely be stop-motion in the 'Coraline' style. While that was perfect for 'Coraline,' I think it's a mistake for 'Graveyard.' Also, while I love him as a director, I thought Neil Jordan was a much better choice.
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