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Disney makes deal for Neil Gaiman’s dark young adult book ‘The Graveyard Book’

Brad McHargue

April 28th, 2012

Cover art for The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

"There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife."

Recently it was announced that Tom Hanks' production company, Playtone, would be adapting Neil Gaiman's amazing book American Gods into a mini-series for HBO. Given that the scope of the book is far too wide for it to be made into a single movie, this was some of the most exciting pieces of news I have ever heard. I love American Gods. It's my favorite book, and I've wanted to see a screen adaptation ever since I read it a decade ago.

Of course, almost all of Gaiman's work lends itself to adaptation - two of his works, Coraline and Stardust , have already been made into feature films - so it's really no surprise to learn that The Graveyard Book, Gaiman's dark young adult book that follows a young boy raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his parents are murdered is once again back on the scenes.

According to Deadline, Disney has made a six figure deal for the book, which was originally optioned by UK Effects House Framestore. Neil Jordan was attached to direct at the time, but the film never became a reality. Now with Disney involved, Framestore will be a producer and the movie will apparently be a priority.

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