Friday, January 30, 2009
One to look out for:
Author Neil Gaiman, who was awarded the John Newbery Medal by the American Library Association for his new book The Graveyard Book earlier this week, has revealed to the world on the Today Show that the book will be adapted for the big screen by screenwriter/director Neil Jordan.
Gaiman’s best-selling (and award-scooping) tome follows a young lad named Nobody "Bod" Owens whose parents are killed and is raised by the ghostly inhabitants of a graveyard.
Gaiman will produce the live-action film and Framestore, the UK studio that handled the The Dark Knight Harvey Dent/Two-Face work, will handle the visual effects for film, which has yet to be renamed. The author had said that he hopes the cast will be filled with well-known British actors, similar to the Harry Potter franchise, but the lead role of Nobody Owens — the little boy who’s raised by the inhabitants of a graveyard — will probably be played by several unknown actors at various ages. He ages from 2 to 16 throughout the book, which means that several actors may be needed to play the role. There is also a five year old girl in the book called Scarlett Amber Perkins, her mother thinks that her daughter has found an imaginary friend. Scarlett returns to the story nine years later.
Coraline , the animated adaption of another of Gaiman's fantasy novels is to be released this year with the main character voiced by Dakota Fanning.