With Stardust and Coraline two recent examples of superlative adaptations of the works of Neil Gaiman fans of the author will be pleased to hear that his celebrated dark children’s fantasy The Graveyard Book is closer to hitting the big screen.

The 2008 book, with its classically macabre parental death and graveyard ghosts, became an instant hit for Gaiman, winning the Hugo Award for Best novel in 2009. Today it was announced that 1492 Pictures, the home of HeyUGuys favourite Chris Columbus have joined with South Korean media company CJ Entertainment have become involved with bringing the story of orphan Nobody Owens to the screen.

Gaiman will be also be involved in a producing capacity, and there’s an impressive writer/director also on board in the form of Neil Jordan, say HeatVision. Those familiar with Jordan’s work will see a clear line through to the twisted fairy tale of Gaiman’s book, and with the money now coming from Columbus and friends it won’t be too long before we see more about this one.