The popular, Eisner award-winning comic series BONE has found its new director and writer. Mark Osborne, who recently directed this year’s animated adaptation of The Little Prince, is set to helm the film with Adam Kline co-writing the most recent draft of the script with Osborne. The project is set up at Warner Bros. who acquired the rights in 2008.
Originally written and illustrated by Jeff Smith, the series consisted of 55 issues published between 1991 and 2004. The series focuses on three cousins, all white, bald humanoid caricatures with big noses — Phoney Bone, a greedy character; Smiley Bone, a cigar-smoking goofy character; and Fone Bone, an everyman character. At the start of the series, they’re driven out of Boneville and end up in the Valley where they find themselves on something of a hero’s journey.
Osborne said in a comment that Bone is a unique creation “because it blends elements together that you don’t necessarily expect — soft, little comic characters and epic high stakes fantasy adventure.” Indeed, certain elements of the series have been compared to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
Previously, P.J. Hogan had been attached to direct and Patrick Sean Smith had worked on the script.
Lin Pictures and Animal Logic are producing with the intention of a trilogy. Osborne will executive produce alongside Mark Bauch and Zareh Nalbandian.
Osborne is the director of 2008’s Kung Fu Panda, which was nominated for an Oscar. He also received an Oscar nod for his animated short film More in 1999 and is angling for another one next year for The Little Prince.
Besides Bone, Kline is currently working on the current drafts of Artemis Fowl at Disney and The Lives of the Monster Dogs at Fox.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.