Warner Bros. Has Bone to Pick

Jeff Smith’s Bone is the latest comic-book series to get big-screen consideration. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has accquired film rights to the popular independent fantasy series that was self-published from 1991 to 2004 and was put out by Scholastic as a graphic novel that sold more than a million copies. The film would most likely be entirely animated or live-action with CG characters.

Bone revolves around a family of white, humanoid creatures with bulbous noses who undertake a perilous journey inspired in part by the Lord of the Rings tales. Encountering humans and other strange cretures in a mysterious valley, the cousins struggle to save the world form the evil Lord of the Locusts and return home to their beloved Boneville.

Smith, who wrote and drew the comics, will serve as exec producer on the film, which is being produced by Dan Lin. Jon Silk at Lin Pictures brought the project to Warner and is attached as a co-producer. Jessica Goodman will oversee production for the studio.

Fans of the comics who fear Hollywood bastardization can take comfort in the notion that Smith is failry protective of his property. In the 1990s, Nickelodeon Movies was developing an animated Bone film that reportedly fell apart when Smith disapproved of the decision to make it a kiddy pic complete with Britney Spears and N’Sync pop songs. Video game developer TellTale games introduced an interactive incarnation of the property ion 2005.