Although it might be a little strange to have a movie called The Graveyard Book, Henry Selick has signed on to direct the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel.
Deadline reported the sale of the rights to the novel yesterday afternoon. Then it was announced that Henry Selick, who also directed Gaiman’s Coraline, will take on the adaptation for Disney and Pixar. The search for a screenwriter for the project starts now.
The Graveyard Book is about a boy whose family was murdered, raised in a graveyard by the ghosts. Disney made a six-figure deal for the project from the author of Coraline, American Gods, and The Sandman.
Selick is best known for his directing on The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. He is also working on another project at Pixar that is very much under wraps.