Gaiman Taking Graveyard to the Big Screen


MTV talked to Neil Gaiman, who says that he is producing a live-action adaptation of his new New York Times best-seller “The Graveyard Book,” illustrated by Dave McKean. The following is a description of the book:

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.

He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.

But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Gaiman says he took the project to special effects house Framestore (The Dark Knight). “They want to start making films, and start producing their own films,” Gaiman said, “…I think we’re actual going to stick with where the book is written and film that. And I think part of the idea is that they know they can also do the special effects cheaply.”

That will be a big issue for this film, considering most of the characters are “dead, or werewolves, or ghouls, or something else mysterious,” Gaiman added.

You can read the full interview here. For more on the book, visit the official website.