A feature film adaptation of the cult comic Bone has been in the works for a very long time. Like, since 2008. But now the project has gained momentum in landing a new director: Mark Osborne. THR reports that Osborne, fresh off of directing The Little Prince, has come aboard to helm Warner Bros. animated adaptation of the Jeff Smith comic. Osborne will write the script alongside Adam Kline, and the goal is to craft the first installment in what is planned as a trilogy of animated films. Dan Lin’s Lin Pictures is producing alongside Animal Logic’s Zareh Nalbandian.
The story of Bone revolves around three cousins who are banned from their homeland of Boneville, only to find themselves mysteriously trapped in a wonderful/terrifying land where they come across a bevy of creatures. The comic has serious visual potential, hence the effort to turn it into a film, and Osborne’s hiring marks a major move forward for a film that was seemingly stuck in development hell.
Muriel’s Wedding helmer P.J. Hogan was previously attached to direct the film, but Osborne marks a promising hire. He cut his teeth on the Nickelodeon series KaBlam! before co-directing 2008’s Kung Fu Panda and serving as a director on SpongeBob SquarePants. The Little Prince was a labor of love that was left without a distributor until Netflix swooped in and secured distribution rights. Fresh off swell critical reception, it’s currently in the running for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
Animated films take quite a while to produce, so it may yet be some time before Bone actually comes to fruition, but this is definitely a promising development.