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Bone movie in production

Jeff Smith, creator of the Bone graphic novel series, sold the movie rights in 2008 to Warner Bros. Looks like it’s getting closer to the big screen. A quick Google search didn’t yield any release dates.

For more than 10 years, Hollywood has been interested in putting Smith’s entertaining epic on the big screen. At one point, Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount held an option. In 2008, Warner Bros. acquired the rights for producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes). Animal Logic, the Australian visual effects company (The Matrix, Happy Feet, 300) will turn Smith’s drawings into CGI. Despite a recent kerfuffle with Warner-a potential train wreck that instead became “one of those fires that gets put out”-Bone, the movie, is on track and a director will soon be announced. Smith is the film’s executive producer. And although he is not writing the screenplay, all quality control decisions pass through him. “I’ve seen everything,” he says. “It’s their project. But they’ve been very good about keeping me in the loop and showing me everything and it’s pretty exciting so far.” He admits that he is “kind of stubborn when it comes to Bone and animation.”

Community Comments

#1 Hagen Cartoons
March/8/2010
@ 2:24 pm

Exciting news indeed…

#2 Josh McDonald
March/8/2010
@ 8:36 pm

Indeed. I’m especially glad to see they’re keeping him involved.

#3 Steve Lowtwait
March/9/2010
@ 11:37 am

This would be great. When I was at Nickelodeon, I was sooo hoping they would pick up the project. I’m glad to see it’s still a possibility for the big screen.

#4 Phil Judd
March/9/2010
@ 7:06 pm

I think it will transfer perfectly to the big screen…

#5 Jessica Trojan
April/13/2010
@ 9:35 pm

I can’t believe it’s going to be CGI instead of hand drawn animation, isn’t anyone else disappointed by this? Who am i kidding, Hollywood can’t make anything good, just like everything else- they’re going to unnecessarily change things that develop the characters and moves the plot, they’re going to play up Fone Bone’s crush on Thorn and leave out other funny and important parts, and the worst part at all the CGI! I hope at least they try to make it look like a real cartoon.

#6 Dave Stephens
April/14/2010
@ 12:01 am

Jeff is an honest to goodness 2-D animator and he’ll make sure they don’t crap on his dream. The bone characters design are actually perfect for 3-D animation though they’ll need much higher standards than Avatar and The Incredibles – more like “How to Train Your Dragon,” I’d hope.

(Not that Avatar or The Incredibles were horrible – far from it, but they fell far short of the character animation of HTTYD, IMHO)

#7 Amanda Hall
December/14/2010
@ 6:16 pm

I think that CGI or animated doesn’t matter. I don’t want to step on anyones toes but I think that CGI would look awesome..it really seemed to bring out the minute details that were CERTAINLY not lacking in the comic but it just adds a little something..and CGI would add a little extra. I would have hated to see Bone be made as a kids movie though, being an adult, I don’t think I would have been interested at all if I had to listen to Britney Spears or (eek!) Jonas Brothers on the soundtrack. I hope everyone agrees! Thanks everyone…it’s good to find other adults as interested in this series as I am and I think we all basically want the same thing out of this movie…something anyone at any age can enjoy!

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