Will Howard Direct “Graveyard Book?”

Could Oscar-winning director Ron Howard direct a big-screen adaptation Neil Gaiman’s Hugo-award winning novel The Graveyard Book?

Howard is reportedly in conversations with Disney to direct the movie version of Gaiman’s popular young adult novel.

The movie was originally going to be a stop-motion feature along the lines of the big-screen version of Coraline.  But the project seemed stuck in development limbo until news surfaced that Howard was being courted by the House of Mouse.

Howard’s version would be a live-action adaptation of the novel.

The book tells of a boy named Nobody Owens who is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. When he is a teen, he is pursued again by his family’s killer, a being called “the Man Jack.”Graveyard won the Carnegie and Newbery medals for best children’s book — the only time one work won both awards.

Howard’s boarding signals a new round of development for Graveyard. The director will oversee the writing of a new script, and Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment also might end up in a producer role.

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