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Disney film chief 'excited about' adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book

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Dec 20, 2018, 10:25 PM EST

There are a number of Neil Gaiman projects currently in various stages in development, but it turns out one long-disregarded project might still be on the table.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about Disney's multiple projects, film chief Sean Bailey let it slip that the Gaiman novel The Graveyard Book is still in the works. Saying simply, "The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is something we're excited about."


Gaiman's 2008 supernatural novel tells the story of Nobody "Bod" Owen, a kid whose parents are killed, and is subsequently raised by a cemetery caretaker and all the spirits that dwell within. It was optioned by Miramax the following year, with Neil Jordan attached, before Disney acquired the rights back in 2012.

Disney first tapped Coraline director Henry Selick to helm the project. After he left the following year, Ron Howard was attached for a spell, though the project's been pretty much dormant since his departure.

The fact that it's still in some form of development, however, is a little bit surprising. After all, more than five years have passed since there's been any word about it. Not to mention Disney has acquired everything from Star Wars to 20th Century Fox in the interim.

Still, it's good to know they're still willing to tell more offbeat stories if they're going to monopolize the entertainment market. And Gaiman is on something of a hot streak right now, with Season 2 of American Gods about to premiere on Starz and Good Omens getting a miniseries on Amazon Prime. There's also The Sandman Universe that launched back in August, based on his groundbreaking comic book.

Obviously, Bailey's one casual mention doesn't give any concrete deals on The Graveyard Book, but it's clearly still on his mind, so here's hoping we'll be hearing more about it soon.