Oscar-nominated director Henry Selick is set to direct a stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book for Disney, according to a Deadline.com report. This will mark the second time for Selick when it comes to handling Gaiman’s stories, as the director’s previous works include the big screen adaptation of Gaiman’s Coraline.
The Graveyard Book is a ghostly take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, as it tells the story of a young b who was raised in a graveyard by ghosts and other creatures of the dark and given the name Nobody Owens, after accidentally escaping the scene of a crime in which his entire family was murdered by a killer named Jack. The story will follow Nobody’s life as he grows up from a toddler to a young man.
The Graveyard Book movie adaptation was already announced as entering pre-production stage last January of 2010, with Irish Academy Award-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan pegged as the writer. No release dates or casting details have been announced at the moment.