The renowned graphic novels in the Bone series are in the works for a film adaptation. That adaptation has taken one step further towards completion with P.J. Hogan stepping up to direct.
Bone is, like other, similar properties being transferred into cinema-friendly media, a popular and unique series of graphic novels. In this case, they follow three unlucky Bones (Fone Bone, Smiley Bone and Phoney Bone) after they are booted out of Boneville. Phoney Bone’s failed run for the position of Mayor of Boneville means they’re now by themselves.
Fortunately, that doesn’t last long, as they meet Thorn, a girl who lives in the dangerous fantasy-genre wilderness that surrounds Boneville, and are soon taking up arms against a Dark Lord. It’s a sprawling, thousand-plus page epic that you can now find in one volume, which is something I’ll probably go and add to my to-read list the moment I’m done here, although there’s a claim that the separate coloured editions are better.
It’s the perfect opportunity for an animated film to do something a little different, as the series is known for being a little deeper than the average “three cute characters against the world” tale. Its director, P.J. Hogan, who has turned his directing talents to everything from Muriel’s Wedding to the recent adaptation of Peter Pan, seems like an interesting fit – his experience is quite broad, and mainly centres around rom-com cinema, so I’ll be curious to see if he has the right brain for a project like this. More on this as it comes.