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Ron Howard sneaks by Henry Selick to take the directing job on Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book

Jan. 22, 2013by:

Aww, man. Not going to lie, I'm a little sad about this move.

Disneys adaptation of Neil Gaiman's THE GRAVEYARD BOOK has given the directing torch to Ron Howard...well, they're working on it. Right now, the helmer is in talks to take on the adaptation. It is also become a live-action movie.

Once upon a time, Henry Selick was attached to direct the adaptation as a stop-motion feature. It was even given a release date: October 2013. Then sadly last Summer, the studio and Selick parted ways over scheduling and development. Gaiman and Selick make such a terrific pair, so it was a bummer to hear that this vision would not be working out.

The book focuses on, "a boy named Nobody Owens who is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. When he is a teen, he is pursued again by his familys killer, a being called the Man Jack.

Howard will do a rewrite on the script, and as you may figure will produce with Brian Grazer under the Imagine Entertainment banner.

Source: THR

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8:22PM on 01/22/2013

This sucks

When I talked with Henry, he was excited about working with Neil again and he had a great vision for The Graveyard Book. I don't see Ron Howard giving it the same vibe.
When I talked with Henry, he was excited about working with Neil again and he had a great vision for The Graveyard Book. I don't see Ron Howard giving it the same vibe.
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1:47PM on 01/23/2013
Am I the only one who remembers when Neil Jordan was attached to write/direct? I thought he was a perfect choice, with a deft, charming touch. Selick is a good director, but I never saw this in the same stop-animated style as 'Coraline.' As for Howard... I think he can be a very good director, but I think he's absolutely the wrong director to take on this book.
Am I the only one who remembers when Neil Jordan was attached to write/direct? I thought he was a perfect choice, with a deft, charming touch. Selick is a good director, but I never saw this in the same stop-animated style as 'Coraline.' As for Howard... I think he can be a very good director, but I think he's absolutely the wrong director to take on this book.
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6:38PM on 01/23/2013
I read a draft of Neil Jordan's script a few years ago when it was circulating through financiers, and I hated it. I was (and am) a huge fan of the book and the script had none of the subtlety and charm of the book.
I read a draft of Neil Jordan's script a few years ago when it was circulating through financiers, and I hated it. I was (and am) a huge fan of the book and the script had none of the subtlety and charm of the book.
2:09AM on 01/24/2013
That's a shame. I am a huge fan of Jordan's work, and I know Gaiman had good things to say... It's definitely a tough book to adapt. Hopefully they do it justice. Either way, I'm more excited for the HBO version of American Gods. Haven't heard anything about that for a while. Hope it didn't stall out.
That's a shame. I am a huge fan of Jordan's work, and I know Gaiman had good things to say... It's definitely a tough book to adapt. Hopefully they do it justice. Either way, I'm more excited for the HBO version of American Gods. Haven't heard anything about that for a while. Hope it didn't stall out.
11:23PM on 01/22/2013
WOH! When did Ron Howard turn into the dude from Poltergeist 2?!?
WOH! When did Ron Howard turn into the dude from Poltergeist 2?!?
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9:43PM on 01/22/2013
Still waiting for a Neverwhere movie (and no that crappy miniseries doesn't count).
Still waiting for a Neverwhere movie (and no that crappy miniseries doesn't count).
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11:24PM on 01/22/2013
The BBC mini-series was the original; the novel came later. I thought it was great, myself.
The BBC mini-series was the original; the novel came later. I thought it was great, myself.
7:41PM on 01/22/2013

Excellent news

Well, at least the part about "live-action". The book really does read well as being adapted to film, but NOT as a stop-action piece that would come off more as a kiddie movie. There needs to be much more subtle film work in translating the relationship of the dead to the living, plus the scope of some parts (like the trip to Ghoulheim) would seem stifled on a small stage. A rewrite would be needed, but let's hope Gaiman keeps a hand in the process. Howard can be spotty, but if Neil can stay on
Well, at least the part about "live-action". The book really does read well as being adapted to film, but NOT as a stop-action piece that would come off more as a kiddie movie. There needs to be much more subtle film work in translating the relationship of the dead to the living, plus the scope of some parts (like the trip to Ghoulheim) would seem stifled on a small stage. A rewrite would be needed, but let's hope Gaiman keeps a hand in the process. Howard can be spotty, but if Neil can stay on top of things, Ron will do a great job.

By the way, if you haven't read the book, please do. But even better, get the audiobook with Gaiman reading. His voice characterizations are dazzling.
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