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Warner Bros. Finds Writer and Director for ‘Bone’

Written by on January 19, 2012 

I’ll just admit: the extent of this writer’s familiarity with Bone is the space it occupies in my mind as “those thick books I see the spine of while perusing the graphic novel section of Barnes & Noble.” But before fans launch emails mocking me for any cultural missteps on my own part, be happy knowing that I’ll learn more about it soon enough.

That’s because THR brings news of Warner Bros. moving forward on their animated adaptation of the Jeff Smith series; the studio’s hired Greek creator Sean Patrick Smith to adapt the series for the page, while also picking up Peter Pan and Confessions of a Shopaholic director P.J. Hogan to helm. It’s said that the latter will “polish the script” handed in by Smith, which, sooner or later, will be worked into cartoon magic by Happy Feet and Legend of the Guardians animators Animal Logic.

If you’re like me and don’t have much reason to care, now would be a good time to fill you in on Bone a little more. The 55-issue series, which ran from 1991 to 2004, centers on “three cousins from the Bone family, small, bald and humanlike creatures with big noses” who “are run out of their hometown and find themselves in a mysterious valley where they are separated and hunted by other creatures.” After being “taken in by a girl named Thorn and her grandmother […] they find out that the valley is threatened by an evil force called the Lord of the Locusts.” Maybe that plot description doesn’t send you to Amazon on a bend to order the first trade paperback (though you could do that here), but a) the fervent love surrounding the whole series and b) the involvement of the talent at Animal Logic will maintain my attention for the time being.

Are you a Bone connoisseur? If so, do these seem like the right people to adapt the series?

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