Screenterrier reported back in January 2009 that author Neil Gaiman was set to produce a live-action film version of his award-winning tome The Graveyard Book.
According to Variety, the film, to be written and directed by Neil Jordan, is in the final stages of financing, casting underway and the project, now simply titled "Graveyard", is set to shoot in Spring 2011 in the UK.
At the time that the book was picked up, Gaiman said that he hoped the cast would 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.
He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.
There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family. . . .
“The boundaries are always there—between the graveyard and the world beyond, between life and death, and the crossing of them.” - Neil Gaiman