Back in 2008, it was announced that Jeff Smith had signed a deal with Warner Brothers to adapt his epic comic adventure series “Bone” into a CG-animated film. And while details have since been scarce, Smith offered some surprising information during a panel at last weekend’s Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco.
According to a report by Comic Book Resources, Smith said that he is “very happy” with the progress on the project so far and added that Warner Brothers would “probably end up making three films” in order to complete the “Bone” storyline.
Smith also spoke about his previous attempts to bring “Bone” to the big screen as a hand-drawn animated film. Smith noted that even though he had several of his friends in the animation industry onboard to help him, the project was unable to get made.
"It was just too big, too expensive," Smith said. "I ended up just spending my time trying to get everyone to get along with everyone else."
Smith, who earlier this year was featured in a documentary called “The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone and the Changing Face of Comics," also spoke at length about two of his major comic book influences: Walt Kelly of “Pogo” fame and legendary “Uncle Scrooge” writer and artist, Carl Barks.
"I was kind of doing a love letter to Carl Barks and Walt Kelly,” Smith related to the crowd. “And talking in that language, I was hoping other cartoon heads would dig it. It really is the story I wanted to read when I was nine."
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