Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone’ May Become an Animated 3D Trilogy, and Might Even be Good

Between 1991 and 2004 Jeff Smith released 55 issues of his comic book “Bone” and built a legacy as one of the most beloved comic creators of all time. People love “Bone”. I mean, they’re crazy about it. It’s a shame then that it has never managed to get a film adaptation, despite living in the mires of developmental hell for quite a while now. The good news is there seems to be some new traction for the project, and the new stuff that’s popping up is even impressive enough to have Smith pleased with what he has seen.

After both Paramount and Nickelodeon swung and missed with the “Bone” property, the rights got moved over to Warner Bros. where several scripts have been tried out but the third seems to be the charm. WB wants to turn their latest take onto the character into a three part, computer animated, 3D film series, and they’ve even put together a four minute short to show off what it would look like. Series creator Smith told the L.A. Times’ Hero Complex that he is, “actually excited about the movie for the first time in a long time.” That’s probably high praise coming from a guy who has reportedly waded through a ton of crappy film treatments of his baby.

When talking about his experience watching the new short, Smith said, “Fone Bone was falling in the water and going through cliffs and canyons. The dragon moved in from off camera in the shadows with smoke around him, all in 3-D. It was pretty mind-blowing.”

Who is this Fone Bone he is speaking of? For the uninitiated, “Bone” tells the story of three cousins from the town of Boneville that get run out of their home, sent off to a faraway land, and mixed up in fantastical adventures. The three characters look like little white blobby things and they consist of the self-absorbed Phoney Bone, the comic relief Smiley Bone, and the hero of the story Fone Bone. If you want to see what all the fuss is about but don’t consider yourself much of a comic book person, there’s good news. “Bone” has recently been released as a standalone iOS app, so you can download the app and read the story right on your iPhone or iPad or what have you. iPads are trendy right? You’ll fit right in. Check it out: here

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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