Warner Bros. may throw us a Bone

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has acquired motion picture rights to Jeff Smith’s adventure comic, Bone. Smith, who comes from an animation background, will executive produce. Dan Lin will produce. Lin’s production company has not completed any films to date but is in production on the upcoming Mel Gibson actioner Under and Alone and is developing film versions of The Sword of Shannara, Thundercats, Metal Men, Doom Patrol, Jonny Quest, and other, non-genre films.

The Reporter sums up Bone this way:

The fantasy series followed three cousins from the Bone family who are small, white and bald humanlike creatures with big noses. The trio are run out of their hometown and find themselves in a mysterious valley where they are separated and hunted by other creatures. They are taken in by a girl named Thorn and her grandmother, and find out that the valley is threatened by an evil force called the Lord of the Locusts.

No decision has been made yet about whether the film will be live action or animated, and the article did not state whether the 1300 page tome was to be adapted into a single film or developed as a potential franchise. I haven’t read the whole comic (I stopped between the fifth and sixth black and white editions, opting to wait for an eventual color release — and then never really bothered to pick those up when Scholastic started publishing them), but the series read sort of like Pogo meets Lord of the Rings and should make for a fun film or three.

The film has previously been placed with Paramount and Nickelodeon films, but Smith put the kibosh on that production in part because "the studio was aiming it for kids and wanted the film to include pop songs."

Posted on March 8, 2008 at 12:52 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Tom Stanley
    on 2008-03-08 at 12:59

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Stanley

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-03-08 at 13:08

    Awesome. Thanks for reading! And check out Multiplex, too! ;)

  3. Written by Gerald Dudley
    on 2008-03-09 at 01:35

    Oh man, Bone is one of the finest trade paperbacks I have ever read. Honestly, I’m not sure how much they could improve over Jeff Smith’s sense of timing, but it might be a very cool project if done well. The whole thing is available in one paperback now, and it’s amazing, I never wanted to stop reading it.

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