Jeff Smith’s acclaimed fantasy series Bone is finally getting animated.
Deadline reports Netflix will adapt the series. “I’ve waited a long time for this,” Smith said in a statement. “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.”
Debuting in 1993 and completing its run in 2004, Bone was the result of Smith’s wish to enter the animation field. Published by his own Cartoon Books (and, briefly, Image Comics), the series told the tale of the three Bone cousins: Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone. Fleeing Boneville after one of Phoney’s schemes went disastrously awry, they enter the Valley where Fone meets Thorn. They also find the Valley is threatened by the Lord of the Locusts and stupid, stupid rat creatures. Soon, they join Thorn and her grandmother in a fight against the encroaching darkness. Also, Fone discovers he has a connection to the Great Red Dragon lurking in the Valley.
The series was optioned for feature film development in 2016 by Warner Bros. Pictures, but a film never materialized. And, to be honest, Netflix seems like the best fit for the material. Programs like Hilda prove the streamer knows how to adapt comics while the reinventions of She-Ra and Voltron have made its children’s animation catalogue a force to be reckoned with.
It is unclear how quickly the series will go into production, but we’re already hoping for an early 2021 release.
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