Henry Selick takes on Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book

Deadline confirms Henry Selick will direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling The Graveyard Book for Disney.

Selick previously brought Gaiman’s Coraline to the big screen, as well as Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. He is currently at work on a secret project for Disney Pixar but Graveyard will be next on his to do list.

The book attracted widespread studio attention on its release and despite UK Effects House Framestone acquiring it for a large fee and attaching Neil Jordan to direct, it never got off the ground.

Disney swooped in with a high six-figure offer and will now tackle the story that is a spin on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, in which a young child is the sole survivor of a murdered family and is raised by ghosts in a graveyard.

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