My son has recently become enamored of graphic novels, because they appeal to both sides of his personality. On the one hand, they appeal to his inner smartypants because they’re nice thick books with an ongoing story arc; and on the other hand, they appeal to his love of comic books because they’re, well, comics.
And that’s precisely the point, you know, and why graphic novels are so great for kids. (They’re not bad for adults, either, come to think of it.)
Well, my son’s favorite so far has been Jeff Smith’s Bone series, which we’re reading thanks to Scholastic. We’ve even visited Boneville, because once my kids are interested in something we have to learn it all. Immediately.
And so I’m sure you’ll understand when I tell you that I will not be telling my son (yet) that Bone may be headed to the big screen:
Warner has scooped up rights to Jeff Smith’s comicbook series “Bone” for Dan Lin to produce through his lot-based shingle.
Deal is a mid-six-figure option against seven figures for purchase. Property, described as Bugs Bunny meets “The Lord of the Rings,” likely will be developed as a CG toon for a broad family aud, but could turn into a live-action pic, depending on the director it eventually attracts.
Ummmmmm. Wait. A live-action picture? Do you see our protagonist, up there? Can you think of an actor who looks right for the part…?
So, needless to say, I’m hoping for a CG toon, myself. Live action would just be… weird. Or perhaps I should say, weirder. But done right, a big-screen version of Bone could be awesome. (Hey Warner—don’t screw it up!)