Netflix Will Adapt Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone’ Into an Animated Series

And it’s about time!

Deadline reports that Netflix has plans to turn Jeff Smith‘s award-winning graphic novel series Bone into an animated kid’s television series.

The independent comic series that ran from 1991 to 2004 is often considered one of the Holy Grail properties among unadapted comic book classics. It has a devoted following and became the first graphic novel to launch Scholastic’s Graphix Books imprint.

In a statement, creator Jeff Smith could not have been more enthusiastic about this news:

“I’ve waited a long time for this. 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.”

Warner Bros. had been trying to get a film adaptation off the first installment of Bone since 2008. Before that, Nickelodeon Movies took a crack at the material in the late 1990s. However, like Smith says above, television is the right format to tell the story of Bone.

Here’s a synopsis of the graphic novels:

The series stars three cousins—Fone Bone, Smiley Bone, and Phoney Bone—who find themselves in the middle of a mysterious, fantastical valley after being forcibly driven from their hometown of Boneville. The three cousins haplessly become heroes for the valley as they navigate a series of strange and unusual trials, with the threat of the Lord of the Locusts looming above them.

I absolutely tore through the Bone graphic novels a decade ago, and have been patiently awaiting an adaptation of Smith’s work. Fone, Smiley, and Phoney remind me a lot of Mickey, Goofy, and Donald (the latter’s family served as inspiration for the series, among other properties). Bone is an unique, fantasy epic that Netflix is lucky to get its hands on. I love Stranger Things, but Bone just secured my friendship with Netflix for the next few years.

There’s no targeted release for Bone on the streaming service, but we’ll keep you posted on the forthcoming series as more information is released.

Have you read Bone? What did you think? Are you looking forward to the series?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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