Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book to be adapted by Disney

Henry Selick (Coraline) onboard to direct an animated Disney version of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book

Disney has struck a juicy six-figure deal to adapt Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel, The Graveyard Book. It will be an animation directed by Henry Selick (A Nightmare Before Christmas) who has previous experience adapting a Gaiman novel on Coraline.

The story is a twist on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, with an orphan being raised by a graveyard of ghosts rather than a pack of wolves. Deadline reports that Selick is currently working for Disny-based Pixar on a “top secret film” and will helm this project after. They are searching for a screenwriter now.

Strangely, an adaptation of The Jungle Book is underway with Harry Potter scriptwriter Steve Kloves in talks to pen, direct and produce the live-action take by Warner Bros.