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Bone movie under development 08 Mar, 2008, 18:37 / 19 comments

You probably know Jeff Smith's "Bone" as a critically acclaimed and long running independent comic that Telltale Games started adapting into episodic adventure games a few years ago before moving on, but according to The Hollywood Reporter we can expect to see Fone and his cousins on the big screen at some point in the future.

The article reports that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights for a Bone film adaptation, for which Jeff Smith will serve as executive producer. It's also mentioned that the powers-that-be have yet to decide whether the adaptation will be animated or live action. The fact that this even has to be discussed kind of worries me, but I'm sure whatever happens it'll turn out better than that molested Nickelodeon TV version would have!

It's also unclear whether or not this will have a negative impact on Telltale's chances for getting the rights to adapt future Bone game episodes, but then, their desire to pursue such an endeavor is equally unclear.

Update by Kroms: There's an unrelenting snow-storm outside that's the cause of my extreme boredom; but in a case of my boredom becoming your (possibly sick, twisted, sadistic) pleasure, I was moping around enough to find a short, amateur but fantastic animation of Out from Boneville. It was drawn frame-by-frame, to wonderful results. There's a taste of what Bone could be as a cartoon, right there.

Comments

  • xChri5x on 09 Mar, 2008, 02:13…
    Live Action + CGI would work nicely. Although Gran'ma Ben has such a classic look all CGI would be also nice.
  • Jake on 09 Mar, 2008, 03:12…
    Or all 2D animated? If you're going to go animated, why not go all out? A 2D animated film in a style that actually resembled the comics would be awesome.
  • Udvarnoky on 09 Mar, 2008, 20:03…
    No doubt, but really, how likely is that to happen?
  • Gabez on 09 Mar, 2008, 09:30…
    2D animated WOULD be awesome, and we don't see enough of it anymore.

    Live action CGI might also work well, though -- that's the way the Tintin movies will be made.

    Complete live action? I don't see how that would work at all. It would be pretty scary stuff.
  • Kroms on 09 Mar, 2008, 16:37…
    Actually Greg Keane is making a Rapunzel movie that combines 2D with 3D animation. Hopefully Warner Bros. will do something along those lines and not pick-out "stars" that are too bad.
  • Gabez on 09 Mar, 2008, 19:09…
    2D with 3D would be pretty awesome. It's what The Last Express did!
  • Kroms on 10 Mar, 2008, 01:00…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapunzel_%282009_film%29#Visual_style Or something alone those lines

    By the way I meant Glen Kleane.
  • jp-30 on 08 Mar, 2008, 20:20…
    Not that I've read all the comics, but surely they'd have to make more than one movie?

    I hope this reinvigorates the Telltale license too, if there's one thing to learn from Jim Ward, it's tying game releases to movie events to ride the wave of publicity.
  • The Tingler on 08 Mar, 2008, 20:58…
    I though this too, at the very least two movies. A good cliffhanger could be the end of Dragonslayer...
  • Udvarnoky on 08 Mar, 2008, 21:00…
    Yeah, and then when the movie flops and the studio refuses to make sequels we'll be left with another unfinished adaptation.

    I'm bitter.
  • The Tingler on 08 Mar, 2008, 22:57…
    Sad, but true, unless they really put some effort into marketing it.
  • Kroms on 08 Mar, 2008, 19:57…
    Gosh darn! I really DID meet Jeff Smith's friend! She told me about this deal going on last summer, and that it fell through and Warner Bros. were now interested! The girl was right! *is shocked*
  • The Tingler on 08 Mar, 2008, 18:59…
    That could be excellent news if done well...
  • jp-30 on 08 Mar, 2008, 20:21…
    I thought Jason's news piece was at least on par with his other recent submissions.
  • Jake on 08 Mar, 2008, 20:33…
    I can never tell if comments like this are jokes :(
  • jp-30 on 08 Mar, 2008, 20:45…
    Heh.
  • The Tingler on 08 Mar, 2008, 20:56…
    Ha ha! (punches jp-30 playfully in the shoulder, just enough to bruise)
  • Gabez on 08 Mar, 2008, 18:43…
    That is AWESOME. But, please, animated only.
  • Jake on 08 Mar, 2008, 20:03…

    Really, though, if it really came to it, I think a live action Bone could be done... decently. But that would be a really silly choice when you could make an animated film.