Acclaimed geek author Neil Gaiman recently talked to the LA Times regarding the film adaptation of his novel, The Graveyard Book. The project was originally set up at Miramax, but it looks like it will end up at another studio. The good thing is, the film isn't dead.
Gaiman explains what happened:
It was all put together over at Miramax Films. The people there had a long, great relationship with Neil Jordan and it was all set up and ready to go, and then Miramax was more or less erased from existence. It became a filing cabinet in somebody's desk, more or less... But it looks like almost all the pieces are on the table again. They have a studio, they have a distributor and they are putting stuff together and I'm not allowed to say anything else.
The film was supposed to be written and directed by Neil Jordan (The Brave One, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire). Gaiman doesn't say he will be back on the project, but I assume the director is one of the driving forces behind getting it back into production. The guy has definitely made some great films in his day, but are very opposite of what The Graveyard Book is.
Here is a little description of the story for those who haven't read it yet.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. . . .
I would love to see this book get made, fortunately it's not dead, unfortunately we will have to wait a little longer to see it get made. Gaiman next hopes to write a screenplay for Anansi Boy, his first novel.