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Disney Digs Gaiman’s Graveyard Book [Updated]

NEW YORK - JUNE 01:  Author Neil Gaiman attends the celebration for the world premiere of the musical, "Coraline" at Telsey + Company Studios on June 1, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Neil Gaiman

Disney has signed up for a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel The Graveyard Book. The studio acquired the rights to the story (about a teenage boy raised by ghosts in the the book's titular graveyard) with producers Gil Netter and Ben Browning attached. It's not the first studio interest the Book's received: In recent years, plans to bring its story to the big screen have floated — as, you know, ghostly tales do — around Miramax and 1492 Productions among others.

Update: Disney tapped Henry Selick — of The Nightmare Before Christmas and previous Gaiman book-to-film adaptation, Coraline — to direct.

Photo: Neilson Barnard/2009 Getty Images