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Neil Gaiman is a fascinating artist, a writer of immense talent and unparallelled imagination. His work has already been adapted for the screen several times to varying degrees of success. The best effort so far, in my opinion, was 2009's 'Coraline,' which was directed by Henry Selick. Selick was actually subsequently tapped to direct a film based on Gaiman's 'The Graveyard Book,' but the project fell through due to scheduling conflicts. 'The Graveyard Book' centers on a young boy who, after the deaths of his parents, is raised by ghosts in a cemetery. When the boy becomes a teenager, he is pursued again by The Man Jack, his family's killer. Now it seems a second attempt at a live-action film version of 'The Graveyard Book' is being put together, and Ron Howard is in negotiations to direct. Howard also recently teamed up with J.J. Abrams, as the two are planning to bring to the screen the American version of an Israeli made-for-TV movie called 'All I Got.'
I'll admit to never having read 'The Graveyard Book,' but based on the synopsis alone I am very interested. The idea of a child raised by ghosts and having to contend with his family's murderer as a teenager is quite intriguing. The movie could end up being a weird and wonderful amalgam of 'ParaNorman' and 'Harry Potter.' I was impressed to learn that 'The Graveyard Book' is the only piece of children's literature to ever win both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals. Ron Howard is a solid choice to direct this, but I wouldn't necessarily say that this represents a trade-up for the project. Henry Selick is a guy who, for my money, has proven to have sensibilities that perfectly align with those of Gaiman, and I can imagine he would've done a dynamite job with this adaptation as well. I also, and again this is just based on the description, wonder if Brad Silberling (of the woefully underrated 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events') would have been an apt choice to take over directing duties. My hope is that Ron Howard's interest in this project is a function of a pronounced interest in the material.
What do you guys think? Is Ron Howard the right choice to direct 'Graveyard Boy?' If not, who would you have chosen?