Jeff Smith’s BONE has been picked up for development by Dan Lin, who is also working on the JUSTICE LEAGUE movie. This paragraph should tell you all you need to know:
Deal is a mid-six-figure option against seven figures for purchase. Property, described as Bugs Bunny meets “The Lord of the Rings,” likely will be developed as a CG toon for a broad family aud, but could turn into a live-action pic, depending on the director it eventually attracts.
Interestingly, BONE was long in development back in the ’90s as a big animated feature at Nickelodeon until Smith pulled the plug because of the changes the studio wanted to make. Since then Smith has been adamant about not wanting to try another film unless he felt it could be true to the book. Has that time come? Interestingly, in the 10 or so years since Bone was last at a studio, the importance of sticking to the spirit of the original as a way to make a successful film has been proven over and over again, from SPIDER-MAN to 300. WATCHMEN aside, it would be hard to make a comic book movie with the creator (especially one as engaged as Smith) sitting on the sidelines.