Ron Howard To Direct 'The Graveyard Book' As Live-Action Movie
Reported by Outsiders - 2013.01.23
Neil Gaiman's acclaimed 2008 kids novel, "The Graveyard Book" was originally purchased by Disney to be adapted and developed as a stop-motion project to be directed by Henry Selick. These plans got erased when the studio and Selick parted ways over scheduling and development. Disney still has plans for the book and have changed their approach by adapting as a live-action movie, and sources say Ron Howard is in negotiations to direct. With Howard directing, he will also oversee the writing of a new script and his production company Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer may also end up in a producer role.
The book tells of 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 family’s killer, a being called “the Man Jack.” Graveyard won the Carnegie and Newbery medals for best children’s book -- the only time one work won both awards.