Friday, April 27, 2012

Disney Options Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Disney has optioned the film rights to Neil Gaiman's middle-grade novel The Graveyard Book, the winner in 2009 of the prestigious children's literary award, the Newbery Medal.

The book's premise: It takes a graveyard to raise a child.

Nobody Owens — known as Bod — is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy — an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack — who has already killed Bod's family.

(Related article: The Hollywood Reporter.)

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