If you’ve been eagerly anticipating a big-screen version of Neil Gaiman’ award-winning novel, “The Graveyard Book,” you may have to wait a while.
Financing issues have forced the cancellation of the project, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The film, which was to be adapted and directed by Neil Jordan, has fallen apart Gaiman says.
“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,” Gaiman said. “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.”
Gaiman went on to say that he’s been facing writers block in the months following the death of his father, David.
“It left me just completely stilled for about nine months,” Gaiman said. “It was very weird…. I’ve never really had much time or patience with writer’s block. I think sometimes you need a period of just healing and distance before you can say, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to do that now.’ ”
“I had a really strange year,” he added. “I was leading up to the writing of an ‘Anansi Boy’ screenplay [based on my first novel], which begins with an incredibly funny sequence where the protagonist’s father keels over from a surprise heart attack. And as I was doing that my father keeled over and died of a surprise heart attack. It’s not terribly funny though, is it?”