The book, which won the Newberry Medal among other awards, is a riff on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Instead of a boy raised by wolves in the jungle, Gaiman tells the story of the last surviving child of a murdered family raised by ghosts in a graveyard.
The book attracted attention at every studio upon release, but Disney walked away the winner. Originally Irish Academy Award-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan was signed on to write and direct a film adaptation, but unfortunately the film never got it off the ground. But now that Disney secured the deal, it's safe to say that we can expect to see the film in the very near future.