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Neil Jordan To Direct Graveyard Book
Based on Neil Gaiman's novel...

28 January 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: CHUD

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It'sa good day for dudes called Neil, with reports emerging that Neil Gaiman and Neil Jordan are teaming up on The Graveyard Book, Jordan directing Gaiman's latest Newberry Medal winning book. This, if indeed signed, sealed and delivered, is a Good Thing.

Gaiman, arguably Britain's finest fantasy/horror writer, has written a story that's a bit like The Jungle Book but with ghosts instead of panthers. It's about a little boy who clambers out of his crib one night and out of the house - the same night that his entire family is killed by a terrifying man called Jack. The baby wanders into a graveyard, where he is hidden from the killer by friendly ghosts, and then adopted by them. Nobody, as he is then called, is raised by the Owens, a deceased couple, Silas, who's neither dead nor alive, and a whole graveyard full of spooks.

The story's a gorgeous one, with lots of potential for visual trickery and beautiful imagery onscreen, and Jordan - who is reportedly set to write and direct - is a good fit: think Interview with the Vampire but, y'know, for kids! The film will be live-action, with effects apparently set to be done by Framestore right here in London.

 Fingers crossed that this all comes together.

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RE: Neil Jordan to adapt Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book
In terms of movie adaptations, Gaiman is fast becoming the new Stephen King - I expect his blog to be optioned any day now! More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 00:29 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

What about Tim Burton?
I'm very pleased to see this is being made into a film, but as I was reading the book, I could really picture it being made as an animated Tim Burton film. That'd be great! Also, what's happening wit Neverwhere? I thought David Slade was going to be making it, but it seems to have gone off the radar. More

Posted by Bennio_g at 16:23 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Neil Gaiman's stories are becoming the new 'comic book' - everyone wants to film one. Rightfully so as he's my favourite author, his stories and characters are ingeniusly creative and imaginative. Neverwher is a good shout but American Gods is my fave and would love to see it transfering to screen. More

Posted by Taz69 at 15:36 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

That's the one we all wanna see !!!!!!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:08 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Oh, please let it happen....
Please, God, please, please, please.... More

Posted by anascreen29 at 13:08 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Love the sound of it. But what about Heart Shaped Box? Jordan was supposed to be doing that next. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 11:54 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Love the sound of it. But what about Heart Shaped Box? Jordan was supposed to be doing that next. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 11:44 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

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