Ron Howard is now in talks to helm the adaptation, and instead of being animated as was the previous plan, it will be a live action feature. The 2009 Newberry Medal award winning book, is essentially a ghoulish riff on Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” with a young orphan boy growing up in a graveyard surrounded by ghosts, vampires and other things that go bump in the night. While this may have seemed like perfect Selick material, Howard is a less obvioius choice. However, given how hard he was pushing for his ambitiously sprawling multi-film and TV series version of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" to get made, it seems there's a fantasy itch he really wants to scratch (he also just signed on to helm "All I've Got," a supernatural drama for J.J. Abrams).
But we'll see how it all plays out. Howard is negotiating, and a new script will have to be commissioned, so this is a couple years away at least. Howard's next effort "Rush," will theaters on September 20th.