Roughly three years ago, we brought you the news that Warner Bros. was developing an animated movie based on Jeff Smith's long-running '90s comic book series, Bone. At the time, they had Kung Fu Panda's Mark Osborne to direct (which seemed like a good fit to us) and then...nothing.
Until today, that is. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rights to Bone have now been acquired by Netflix, who will promptly set about turning Smith's graphic novels into an animated series:
"The streaming giant's Bone TV series will follow the iconic Bone cousins on an adventure through a vast, uncharted desert and into a mysterious valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creators. Smith is attached to oversee the TV take."
The idea of a Bone movie from the director of Kung Fu Panda seemed like a good fit, but this approach seems even better: Bone's a sprawling, massive story, the sort of thing you'd need hours and hours to tell, and Netflix is certainly keen on giving its showrunners the time they need to tell, ah, very long stories (if there were ever a property that justified a minimum of 13 episodes per season, it's probably Bone). Smith seems to agree:
"I’ve waited a long time for this. Netflix is the perfect home for Bone. Fans of the books know that the story develops chapter by chapter and book by book. An animated series is exactly the way to do this! The team at Netflix understands Bone and is committed to doing something special — this is good news for kids and cartoon lovers all over the world.”
On a personal note, I'm delighted by this news, as I have yet to read Bone and would gladly sit on my lazy ass in front of a television, ingesting Smith's story that way, rather than going through the trouble of one-click purchasing the entire run on Amazon. Who has the time for that? Not I, said the man who recently spent an entire day revisiting all the terrible Hellraiser sequels.
Nothing further to report at this time, but we're looking forward to this one and will keep you abreast of further developments as they roll in. Stay tuned.