The Disney adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book may not be dead after all.
Acquired in April, the project originally was intended as a stop-motion film by Coraline director Henry Selick for release in October 2013. But when Selick departed last summer over scheduling conflicts, the future of The Graveyard Book was placed in doubt.
But now Heat Vision reports that Ron Howard is in talks to direct to helm a live-action adaptation of the Hugo- and Newbery-winning 2008 children’s novel.
The story focuses on a young boy named Nobody Owens. After his parents are murdered, Nobody spends his days in a graveyard, where he is raised by ghosts. Eventually he comes in contact with his parents’ killer “the Man Jack.” Gaiman infused the book with many of the supernatural, fantastical and dramatic elements he’s known for.
Howard is finishing up the Formula One racing movie Rush and also has a documentary called Jay-Z: Mad in America in the works. Just last week it was reported that he’s in talks to adapt an Israeli fantastical thriller called All I’ve Got for Bad Robot.