‘Bone’ to Receive Animated Series Adaptation from Netflix

Netflix will be the latest studio to take a crack at adapting Jeff Smith’s magnum opus, ‘Bone.’ An animated series is officially in the works at the streamer.

Smith was enthused with the development, with a statement below:

“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.”

There have been several attempts at a Bone adaptation since 2003, when the project originally set up shop at Nickelodeon Movies, and then in 2008 when the project moved to Warner Bros. In 2016, the project even got as far as hiring a director, Mark Osborne (‘Kung Fu Panda,’ ‘The Little Prince’).

When it comes to classics of comic book storytelling, it’s hard to top ‘Bone’ for the sheer level of acclaim and esteem it’s held in. Published through 55 issues from 1991 through 2004, ‘Bone’ tells the story of the Bone cousins (Fone Bone [the hero], Phoney Bone [the schemer], and Smiley Bone [the goof]) and their journey across the fantastical Valley. While the series began with a more comedic tone, it gradually became a much more grand scale fantasy epic.

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