Neil Gaiman to produce The Graveyard Book movie

thegraveyardbookThe always cool and terribly awesome Jennifer Vineyard over at’s Splash Page turns in a wonderful interview with British author Neil Gaiman about his newest novel The Graveyard Book (over which Hollywood people went into a bidding frenzy even before it got published) and uncovers this gem: it is going to be made into a live-action movie.

[The people at U.K special effects house Framework] want to start making films, and start producing their own films,” Gaiman said. “And they read it, and they loved it, and I spoke to them, and they said all the right things, and they seem to listen. So I don’t think it’s going to be transported to a graveyard in Los Angeles where they’ve been burying bathing beauties or anything. I think we’re actual going to stick with where the book is written and film that. And I think part of the idea is that they know they can also do the special effects cheaply.”

This is perhaps the best news I’ve heard all day. Considering what an English geek I am and that I loved his and Roger Avary’s Beowulf, I have no doubts that Gaiman will be able to adapt his own work for the screen or at least have a hand in choosing the right screenwriter to do it.

You betcha I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled to Gaiman’s journal for those interesting behind the scenes tidbits when they actually start production.

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 22:53 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
In: Interviews, News

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  1. Written by Lincoln
    on 2008-10-29 at 18:06

    I find myself very happy over this news. I haven’t read the book yet (being sidetracked by Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, which I wish Peter Jackson would start working on; granted, he’s a little busy) but the idea that Gaiman himself will be directly involved makes me very excited to see where this will go.

  2. Written by melissa
    on 2008-12-02 at 01:54

    im a fan of this book. I LOVED IT
    and yea..
    I also love Tim Burton’s movies
    I’m hoping he’d get Tim Burton to do it.
    But that’s my opinion.
    I hope they don’t use real people. It just wouldn’t be the same.
    I hope they use animation or clay like how Tim Burton does it in Corpse Bride.
    Coz the pictures in the book the people are really tall, skinny with long arms and that’s how Tim Burton does it in his movies. *fingers crossed*

  3. Written by tehirah
    on 2009-12-21 at 17:24

    I love the Graveyard Book it is very good.

    My grade 5 gifted class read it. I am not sure if we could watch the movie. I am not sure if the rating is G or PG. I hope it is 1 of those 2.
    Is it?

  4. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-12-21 at 17:34

    Hey, tehirah.

    Movies need to be made before they get a rating, so nobody knows what the rating will be yet. I do think it's safe to say that a movie based on a novel for kids will get a G or PG rating, though!

  5. Written by tehirah
    on 2009-12-21 at 17:44

    Thanks, A lot ( Merry Christmas)

    Will The Graveyard Book come out in 2012 or 2011?
    The graveyard book is good what would you say are other good reads like this?

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