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Ron Howard in talks to direct Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book

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It's been a long time since we've heard any news about Disney's movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. We feared this picture had died after Henry Selick of Coraline passed up an opportunity to turn this YA novel into a stop motion feature — the studio and the director parted ways back in 2012. But Disney isn't done with Gaiman's book just yet.

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The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Ron Howard, director of Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, has recently expressed an interest in the adaptation. He wants to direct a live action version of the novel. According to the trade, Howard is overseeing the screenplay adaptation but no writers have been named just yet. Either way, we're still very keen on getting a new Gaiman feature film as the last one (Coraline) was years ago.

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I'm not sure if live action is the way to go with this. Ideally, I think stop-motion animation in the style of things like The Nightmare Before Christmas, or Corpse Bride would be nice.

Still, it's a great book, so I'm glad something might be coming of it.