Jeff Smith's Bone Books Coming to Theaters

Warners taking long-running strip from page to screen.

by | March 10, 2008 | Comments

The comic book adventures of Jeff Smith’s popular Bone brothers may have ended in 2004, but if all goes according to plan, they’ll soon be making the transition to the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has picked up the screen rights to Smith’s creations; though the studio hasn’t decided whether to go the live-action or animated route, a production crew — including Dan Lin and Jon Silk — has been assembled. From the article:

The fantasy series followed three cousins from the Bone family who are small, white and bald humanlike creatures with big noses. The trio are run out of their hometown and find themselves in a mysterious valley where they are separated and hunted by other creatures. They are taken in by a girl named Thorn and her grandmother, and find out that the valley is threatened by an evil force called the Lord of the Locusts.

This is the second trip around the screen-adaptation block for Bone; as the Reporter notes, Nickelodeon was developing an animated version for a time, but the project fell apart over disagreements regarding the project’s focus (in the article’s words, “Smith was displeased that the studio was aiming it for kids and wanted the film to include pop songs”).

Source: The Hollywood Reporter