A feature film adaptation of the oddly addictive comic book series Bone just got a new infusion of interest now that Kung Fu Panda's Mark Osborne has signed on to direct an animated movie based on the material with fellow screenwriter Adam Kline (Down Into Happiness) for Warner Bros.
Independently published from 1991-2004 ( with a short run with Image), the cult fantasy title was created by Jeff Smith and followed the misadventures of a family of hairless, all-white humanoid creatures as they embarked on a Lord of the Rings-like quest for survival in a mysterious valley where the evil Lord of the Locusts lurks. The project had been previously set up back in 2012 at Warner Bros., with Confessions of a Shopaholic's P.J. Hogan attached to direct but had recently dropped off the development radar.
“Bone is very special and unconventional because it blends elements together that you don’t necessarily expect — soft, little comic characters and epic high stakes fantasy adventure,” Osborne told The Hollywood Reporter. “To carry this into the cinematic realm presents both an opportunity to represent what readers of all ages have loved about the series, while pushing animated storytelling into exciting and different areas.”
What do you think of a big-screen Bone being delivered by Hollywood and is Osborne the best man for the job?