THR reports that director Andrew Adamson (director of the first two Shrek films and the first two Chronicles Of Narnia films) has signed on to direct the film adaptation of the acclaimed story that is “set during World War II and tells of a British plane that crashes into a Jewish village. The crash brings Nazi attention, forcing the villagers to defend themselves, with one rabbi and his grandson building a Golem creature and bringing him to monstrous life.”
Niles told the site that “Telling a story can be tough. It’s the one monster rooted in religion and mysticism, so I wanted to be respectful. I decided to tell it as a World War II fable. It’s a story of a grandfather teaching his grandson how to make a monster to defend his village against a Nazi invasion.”
For his part, Adamson said that “from the moment I saw the cover art, I knew this had the makings of a new classic.”
It’s been a little while since we’ve seen Niles’ work adapted for the big screen; the last time was 2007’s excellent 30 Days Of Night (although he did also work on the not-excellent DTV sequel Dark Days). It’s fair to say that Breath Of Bones will be a very different beast, and we’re very excited to see it.