Warner Bros. Taps a Writer and Director for Jeff Smith’s Bone Movie

P.J. HoganNearly four years after they first acquired the Jeff Smith comic book creation, it looks like Warner Bros. is finally moving on the project. The studio has hired “Greek” creator Patrick Sean Smith to pen the script, and has tapped P.J. Hogan (left, “Confessions of a Shopaholic”, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”) to direct.

Originally created by Smith as an indie comic book and published from 1991 to 2004, “Bone” has gotten renewed interest since it was collected into graphic novel form and released as a mass market paperback. I’m guessing the cute, balding “bone” creatures had something to do with the kids liking it, but I could be wrong.

The comic follows three cousins from the Bone family, small, bald and 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 they find out that the valley is threatened by an evil force called the Lord of the Locusts.

The film is expected to be shot in Australia with the involvement of the Animal Logic production house. Animal Logic are the same people behind both the CG movies “Happy Feet 2” and “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”, so that seems likely how “Bone”, too, will end up.

So why the sudden interest in getting “Bone” made after four years? The surprising big-screen box office of “The Smurfs” may have had a little something to do with it. Audiences love cute, cuddly creatures with personality, it seems. But hey, that’s just my guess.

Bone Comic Book Cover

Via : THR