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Warners Gets Some BONE!!

Merrick here...
Warner Bros. has acquired the movie rights to Jeff Smith's BONE comics. Dan Lin, who is also lording over MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE for the studio, will produce.
The fantasy series followed three cousins from the Bone family who are small, white and bald humanlike creatures with big noses. The trio are run out of their hometown and find themselves in a mysterious valley where they are separated and hunted by other creatures. They are taken in by a girl named Thorn and her grandmother, and find out that the valley is threatened by an evil force called the Lord of the Locusts.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter. The Powers That Be are still mulling whether or not this should be a live action film, or animated. To be completely honest, I don't know much about BONE other than being aware of its existence. However, you can find out more about it at the official site, which you can access HERE!

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  • March 8, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by Turd Furgeson

    Hi ther.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by StarskyandHushky


  • March 8, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell for Bone!

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Well, we always want him to play every role.<p>Why?<p>Because he's Bruce fucking Campbell!

  • March 8, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by lagomorph

    Great series! If handled properly it could be the next epic fantasy trilogy. The story chronology would support it as the story grows increasingly darker as it goes on. I wonder if this development will get telltale games to continue their serial releases of the computer game since they already own the rights.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Definitely Animated

    by Pariah74

    Whether old skool or CGI it has to be animated. If it's live action so damn much of it will end up CGI anyway that it will look funny.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    There's a question here?

    by waggy

    There should be no debate whatsoever. 100% this movie should be animated. I hope it doesn't take them too long to figure that one out.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Bone is hilarious

    by ebolamonkey

    I think a hybrid animation/live action could actually work. This is truly great news.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by tile_mcgillus

    The comic was made to be animated. This really could be huge. If you read the comic its a perfect mix of children style storytelling and adult humor. I really enjoy it. It was Shrek before Shrek was around. I hope they do this well. I am pretty excited.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    2D PLEASE!

    by CatVutt

    This SCREAMS for traditional 2D animation. And minimum 3 films!

  • March 8, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST


    by irrelevntelefant

    yeah, they are going to fuck it up....

  • March 8, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    This better be done right

    by ROBEZOB

    and the first way to make sure this is done right is to NOT have it animated in any way! If you are a fan of the comic be satisfied that you have an animated version of this amazing epic. It should be a trilogy. It should be a live action film with all of the fantasy characters as Jim Henson's puppets. Think The Dark Crystal people!

  • March 8, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by CBWolf

    Beowulf style CG would be best for Bone I think, so the merge between real people and all the weird creatures is smooth and the whole thing feels a little more fantastical, but still looks somewhat realistic. I'd be okay with 2D animated too. If they do it Rocky and Bullwinkle style live action I think I might shoot myself.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Bone is great

    by Kloipy

    always loved the comics

  • March 8, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Wow it's about time.

    by DigitalDong

    Bone is lighthearted as it is dark. I can't believe it took so long for anyone to grab it. Guess they ran out of movies to remake.

  • March 8, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Let's hope they leave out musical numbers

    by Bobman46

    if it's animated - cos they always put em in. I hope this is done properly as the comic is SO well done and is a good read for all ages- and got well scary in parts. Could be great news. Hope so

  • March 8, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Sweet news. I HOPE.

    by Nice Marmot

    And I still remember reading Jeff Smith's ideal voice actors for the 3 cousins. Tim Robbins, Danny DeVito, & Bill Murray. And it's gotta be animated all the way.

  • March 8, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Masters of the Universe? Bah!

    by gotilk

    Guardians of the Galaxy, now there's a movie. Alternate timeline Avengers, Thor, Thing!! It has everything.<br> <br> <br> <br> Great comics.

  • March 8, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    This isn't the first time

    by The Funketeer

    If Smith is involved I'm guessing it will be animated since that's his background and I'm guessing 2d. That was the plan a few years ago back when Nickelodeon was going to make it a feature film and Smith took a long sabbatical from the book to work on it.

  • March 8, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by SkinJob69

    Another comic adaptation. *Yawn*

  • March 8, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Live action. That's as absurd as live-action Dr. Seuss

    by beastie

    with Mike Myers as the Cat in the Hat or Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Wouldn't that suck?

  • March 8, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Smith started this project as an animated feature

    by ELGordo

    But couldn't get the funding together. So he published the comics in hopes that it would be picked up. All that work has finally paid off. I'm guessing that a CGI film will be the results. Mixing live action and animation would not fit since all the human characters are as cartoony as the Bones.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    aw Crapsicles

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    I always hoped Brad Bird & Pixar would get their hands on this property first..oh well lets hope warners gives this property the respect it deserves

  • March 8, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by krish-0

    I've been reading AICN for years, and have always resisted getting a talkback account. But I have to comment on this news here. No one has pointed out yet that the reason the Nick version fell through is that Jeff Smith put a stop to it himself. Nick wanted to include a bunch of pop songs (Britney Spears and the like) on the soundtrack in order to appeal to that audience. Jeff Smith put a stop to that real quick. That right there is the reason why I am not worried about this adaptation. Bone is extremely close to Jeff Smith's heart. He is not looking to sell out and will make sure a faithful adaptation is made. Ofcourse (like most of you have pointed out) this needs to be animated. 2D or CG would both work, and it needs to be a trilogy. They can't pack enough of the story into one movie. As a big fan of this book, and Jeff Smith's work in general, I can't wait.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Good News!

    by masterbrocksamson

    Always liked the comic. Nice news to start my Saturday!

  • March 8, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by BeeDub

    Although seeing a hot live-action Thorn would be nice...

  • March 8, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    It ain't no Yellow Kid.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Bone's kinda like a Pogo rip-off, though.

  • March 8, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    "it was Shrek before Shrek was around"

    by danwall88

    pleeease don't insult BONE that way! BONE appeals to both kids and adults, but without the relentless pop-cultural throwaways that make Shrek so tiring. Somebody else in the TB had it better when he mentioned Dark Crystal.

  • March 8, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    this better not end up like howard the duck

    by bacci40

    bone is a very personal work...hope they dont take the guts out of it

  • March 8, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    its lord of the rings.. just with 3 marshmallow people

    by ironic_name

    give it a chance.

  • March 8, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I think the consensus is that this thing needs animation.

    by rbatty024

    CGI is acceptable. Hopefully the success of Beowulf will pave the way for a project like this to come together. By the way, is that Dark Crystal sequel officially dead or what? Anyone know? <p> Dark Crystal rules!

  • March 8, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Mix it up

    by Renegade Serpent

    Greenscreen with animated Bones and dragons but real actors for Thorn and grandma and some guys. Who should play Thorn then?

  • March 8, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by morGoth

    Please don't screw it up Warner. Cool...Bone at last!

  • March 8, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Telltale Games has a "Bone" adventure game out...

    by Admonisher

    You can get it at ... only the first two chapters are released, but I believe they plan on doing the whole series eventually. The music and voice-acting is great in these games -- very appropriate to the series. (These are also the fellows who've rescued Sam & Max, BTW -- including reprinting the fantastic "Surfin' the Highway" collection.)

  • March 8, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Mo-cap animated CGI 3D

    by Zardoz

    Whatever. Just not live-action...

  • March 8, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    if only somehow

    by Winterchili

    brad bird could direct this. then it would be perfect.

  • March 8, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Wait, wait, wait...

    by jsm1978

    You're expecting Warner to not screw something up? Seriously? Particularly a comic related property? *falls out of my chair laughing at that absurb hope*

  • March 8, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Definitely 3-D animated, <AWESOME>

    by kirttrik

    And set as a Trilogy, like LOTR.

  • March 8, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Good comic, but derivative as hell

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    There is nary an original idea in the entire series as far as I can tell. All of the characters are just archetypes; the whole series could barely provide enough material for one interesting movie. That said, I actually enjoyed reading it a few years ago. It is very "cute"

  • March 8, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Could be 2-D but I doubt it in this Market

    by kirttrik

    2-D's dead except for television, indie, and anime. If done right, this is the type of project that could revive 2-D. But the animation would have to be AMAAZING.

  • March 8, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Disney had it

    by strangernparadis

    for years. but they wanted to change WAY to much. even little things like taking away Smiley's cigar

  • March 8, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    What? Howard the Duck was awesome

    by Sick Fixx

    What more could you want out of a movie?

  • March 8, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    by Pouchstalker

  • March 8, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Here's what they'll do...

    by Pouchstalker

    Live action for everything except humans. they'll be badly made sock puppets. Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan will provide vocals for the main theme, which will drown out all dialog. Voices will be provided by z list celebritys who couldn't act their way out of a blank expression contest.

  • March 8, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    ratatooie style animation would be nice

    by ironic_name

    but if someone had the balls to use puppets, that'd be good.. yoda isn't real, but hes really there in the scene, with hammil.<P> that, with puppeteers being digitaly removed would be so wonderfull

  • March 8, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    who would do voices?

    by ironic_name

    foe a long time i thought howie mandel would be good for bone,<P> but a soft spoken child would be good. <P> billy west for phoney, and john dimaggio [bender] doing his alan alda [who was doing a groucho marx impression] impression as smiley, <P> ted the bug, either billy west doing his new yorker voice or danny devito. <P> whoever did eeyor's john wayne style voice on winney the pooh was what dragon sounded like to me. <P> and just for fun, willem dafoe and mark hamill as the stupid, stupid rat creatures.

  • March 8, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Pouchstalker

    Andy Dick will inevitably get the lead vocal role and most likely Val Kilmer as a stupid Kitt.. er..rat car..uh creature.

  • March 8, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    live action will only work

    by themidnighter23

    if it's treated like LOTR if not, animation is best but this is Warner Bros, they'll find a way to fuck it up

  • March 8, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    proof of voices

    by ironic_name

    howie mandel as 'bobby' <P> <P> billy west as phoney<P> <P> Maurice LaMarche [not john dimaggio] doing an alan alda voice as smiley <P> [I couldn't find his mash voice, so heres groucho] <P>

  • March 8, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Live action...

    by Tourist

    ...Otherwise, its just a fucking comic book that moves. Its not a bad comic by the way. I would definately be interested in a big screen adaptation. Of course, I would rather see a big screen FRANK.

  • March 8, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    AICN HAS actually done an interview with 'Bone' author Jeff Smit

    by Alexandra.DuPont

    I know this because I happened to conduct it. We talked for two hours and the transcript must be like 10,000 words long. I'll be curious to find out if his views about studio execs have changed since then -- because in Part 1, he tells a hilarious and terrifying story about Nickelodeon asking him to put a Britney Spears song in his "Bone" movie. He said no, and they practically threw him off a yacht. Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

  • March 8, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Let's try that again: AICN Jeff Smith interview.....

    by Alexandra.DuPont

    Jeff Smith AICN interview, Part 1: ***** Part 2: ***** Part 3:

  • March 8, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    ROCK ON!!!!

    by mukhtabi

    Oh lordy lordy lordy I LOVES ME SOME BONE. Wish I knew who to bug to get on this project. Would REALLY really love to work on these films. SWEET!!

  • March 8, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Beowould style animation is best for...

    by Tourist

    ...Setting on fire and burying beneath a large slab of concrete. Why would you wish to inflict that ugly abomination of shitty animation onto a worthwile property?

  • March 8, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Great comics, Howard the Duck movie

    by Mgmax

    This has ruin-the-original-for-a-generation written all over it.

  • March 8, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Would have been good 18 years ago.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Now, does anyone care?

  • March 8, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    It has to be animated--Natch'

    by moondoggy2u

    My son got me into those comics in the early 90s. Without a doubt, Bone is one of the greatest comics of all time.

  • March 8, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by skywalkerfamily

    For Bone!

  • March 8, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I'd love this..

    by Shayde

    I think full-animated might be good, but who's to argue a blending of CGI Bones and kick-ass cinematography like in the Rings films. Either way, it's about damn time. Next film = CEREBUS.

  • March 8, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    No love for Groo

    by Rufferto

    This guy probably got a deal by relinquishing all creative control. Sometimes I wish Evanier and Sergio were sell outs. I may just be that desperate to see Groo animated which has been attempted since it's conception.

  • March 8, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    by Rufferto

    With no progress at all.

  • March 8, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute

    by Rufferto

    Warner Brothers make animation? News to me.

  • March 8, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by bacci40

    they can never make cerebus....ever...if they couldnt do howard right, think about how they will handle the aardvark

  • March 8, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I''d love to hear authentic voiceover professionals in the cast.

    by Osmosis Jones Billy West and John DiMaggio, but you just KNOW they'll get BIG NAME CELEBRITIES with boring voices to play the three Bones and Thorn. Honestly, BRAD PITT AS SINBAD?! Anyways, this also needs to be in 2-D, with a minimum of CGI and soft, watercolor backgrounds, but that's never going to happen, either.

  • March 9, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Osmosis Jones you just hit upon one of my pet peeves.

    by rbatty024

    I hate it when animated films use well known stars instead of tried and true voice actors. First, it takes me out of the fucking movie. I don't care how well the film is done, I can still tell that's the guy from the Office and it's infecting every fucking scene. Second, if you're popular enough to get a role in a major animated film you probably don't need the work, unlike the talented voice actors you're pushing out of the business. Finally, you're not good at what you're doing. Voice actors actually know how to work within animated films. They don't just drop in for the fucking paycheck. Voice actors improve the film, instead of detract from it. Okay, that's my rant.

  • March 9, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    "Queefer Bukkake" sounds like an expert on sucking...

    by kevred

    Dark Crystal didn't suck, little man, you're just too small to appreciate its ambition. You can argue a point without making such stupid comments.<p>At the end of the day, I can't think of any CG animated work that really needs to exist. Pixar's stuff isn't really aging well for me. Work that reveals nothing of the creator's hand is lifeless.<p>I'll take Dark Crystal, Neverending Story, Legend, and Bakshi's LOTR over Xbox crap like Beowulf and 300 any day.

  • March 9, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    Agreed that Dark Crystal kicks ass.

    by rbatty024

    Far more inventive and imaginative than most fantasy fare. Since LotR the only fantasy film that managed to capture imagination and whimsy was Stardust. All the imitators pretty much sucked. <p> Dark Cystal fuckin' rules!

  • March 9, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Will it be some kind of trilogy ?

    by Milou

    There could be more than one film, right ? Problem is that it would be a quite direct competitor to Warner's Hobbit.

  • March 9, 2008, 3:01 a.m. CST

    please please please let this be actual cel animation

    by drave117

    I can't imagine it working any other way.

  • March 9, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    get the kids with the cuteness, then take a dark turn in pt 2

    by ironic_name

    WB.. you could have a LOTR on your hands.. don't fuck it up.

  • March 9, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST

    so, live/3d gets 2 votes, live/puppet gets 2 or 3..

    by ironic_name

    all 3d? <P> live action/2d? <P> all 2d? <P> personally, a combination of live action/2d/puppets would be amazing.. but thats me.

  • March 9, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    translating the comic into 2D animation would be easier...

    by mansep

    and it would be a sweet film. But making it live with 3D Boneses would be more amazing, and give this film the power it deserves. Think of a fantasy Roger Rabbit. And the Boneses are from another 'world' so this tretment would make sense.

  • March 9, 2008, 3:52 a.m. CST

    actually i changed my mind

    by mansep

    it would probably remain slightly distracting having animated Boneses in a live-action environment. Better keep it all 2D, but make it visually rich.. not just flat colours.... aaah.. i can see why they're having trouble deciding. Best thing to do is make some 2 minute test films. 1) 2D. 3)all live-action. 4)the same live-action but with animated elements

  • March 9, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    2D is the only way to go.

    by Knuckleduster

    Otherwise it would be like watching The Simpsons in 3D.

  • March 9, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    rbatty024, re: celeb voiceovers

    by Osmosis Jones

    Don't get me wrong, there are many famous celeb voiceovers I love (James Woods was hilarious as Hades in Hercules), but I share the weariness of genuine voiceover professionals like West, DiMaggio, Tress MacNeillie, ect., over how they're getting crowded out of their own field. Like West said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly a few years back, "I can voice four major characers on Futurama, but I'd be lucky to voice background fish #37 in Finding Nemo".

  • March 9, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    advice to Merrick

    by quentintarantado

    You don't know much about Bone? It's quite, quite good. Read it so you'd be as worried as the rest of us on how Hollywood is going to fuck this up. Even with Jeff's involvement.

  • March 9, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    fuck bone

    by robertplant

    I can't wait for the bone movie so I can come here and read the words "best comic book adaptation ever" 100 times while the other half of you talk about how boring and formulaic it is and how you hate the voice actors and then I get to read your top 5 alternate casts and about how if the movie had been in your hands it would have been so much better even though you have yet to ever do anything remotely creative ever in your own very real and sad life, like me.

  • March 9, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot

    Of course you can't wait. You just pegged AICN for exactly what it is. And that's why you and I both come back every day. And stop holding up the damn Zeppelin reunion tour damnit!!!

  • March 9, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    I went to grade school with Jeff Smith's cousin or something

    by Jackie Boy

    She brought in a Bone book for show and tell once or something. It was pretty cool I guess.

  • March 9, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Its because most voice over actors sound...

    by Tourist

    ...inauthentic. They have a patter and style down that sounds like voice over work. Your right though, that generally speaking, I'd take them over most of the celebs who get thrown into the mix just because. But the odd celeb, like Eddie Murphy (no, seriously) does much better work with a character than most voice over guys.

  • March 9, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    When celebrities do voice over work...

    by rbatty024

    it usually sounds like the persona of that actor, not a different animated character. On the one hand this is probably because the studio is paying for a recognizable name/voice. Sure, some go out of their way to actually act, but most don't understand voice over work. Osmosis Jones already mentioned West, who does a superb job with multiple characters on Futurama. He is able to do multiple characters because voice acting is his profession and he understands it more fully than someone like Wanda Sikes, or whatever c-list celebrity they choose to dump into their latest animated feature.

  • March 9, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    GOOD examples of celeb voice casting:

    by Osmosis Jones

    Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes in the Wallace & Gromit movie. They both actually did VOICES, they didn't just lazilly speak in their normal cadences. Also see Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman in Flushed Away. On the other end of the spectrum is the aformentioned Brad Pitt in Sinbad (BRAD PITT!) and the entire cast of Shark Tale, who not only didn't bother to alter their usual speaking voices one iota, but this was also increased tenfold by having each character be a slavish, grotesque caricature of each actor. What 10-year-old kid gives a shit if an animated movie features the voices of Martin Scorsese or Robert De Niro? Would Spongebob Squarepants be more popular if Spongebob were voiced by Robin Williams? How about Futurama's Fry voiced by Steve Carrell? Horton Hears A Who LOOKS like it captures the visual spirit of Dr. Seuss, but hearing Jim Carrey and Carrell's voices just dragged me out of the trailer big time. What about the VERY quirky, contemporary-sounding Jeff Goldblum and Sandra Bullock in the otherwise somber Prince Of Egypt? I saw that at the theater with my brother, and at one point he leaned over and whispered "Dude, that's TOTALLY Jeff Goldblum!" At that point, you're not even engrossed in the story, you're just visualizing the celeb-crammed cast in a recording booth. Remeber the Sinbad trailers, how they seemed to feature more footage of Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michelle Pfieffer recording their lines than any of the film's exciting action sequences? At least Pixar chooses offbeat, little-known or unfairly forgotten celebs like Patton Oswalt and Craig T. Nelson for their films. Imagine The Incredibles with Harrison "Monotone" Ford or George Clooney as Mr. Incredible.

  • March 9, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Stupid, stupid rat creatures!

    by corridor

    As was said above. This needs 2D animation. If they do that, cast the voices well, and treat the material with respect, then this will be fantastic. Merrick. Get a copy of this and read it through. It's well worth it.

  • March 9, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST


    by Larry Sellers

    Scholastic has printed several original Bone TPBs geared at the young ones. Here's to hoping they don't adapt those and stick with the more adult stories. Someone did mention Shrek somewhere up there ^ which is likely the tone the movie will end up with.

  • March 9, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Queefer Bukkake...

    by NightArrows

    Dark Crystal was incredible. You however are a shit fisting waste of DNA. And for the record, there isn't, nor ever has been a "collective intelligence" in any of the talkbacks, fuckstick. To your point, the movie should be animated.

  • March 9, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Worst Synopsis Ever

    by brunosanmartino

    Please, how about another sentence about how big their humanoid noses are? BONE is nothing less than Disney Comics meets Lord of the Rings and has long been anticipated as the second-coming of 2D animation. A 3D option should only be considered among studio executives and simple-minded adults.