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==Availability==
 
==Availability==
Up until mid 2020, no material from either version of the film had surfaced. While the Warner Bros. animation reel has not been found or any artwork as such, it was discoverd on August 16th, 2020 by Reddit user Clean-Cupcakes on r/Bone that Paramount concept art was found at a long since defuncted animation website, Animated Movies, on their page about the ''Bone'' film. <ref>[https://www.reddit.com/r/Bone/comments/ib7ml0/possible_nickparamount_bone_movie_concept_art/ The discovery of Nick/Paramount ''Bone'' concept art.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20</ref> Though it's intial legitimacy was questioned, fellow Reddit user Lokigere revealed it was from a ''Bone'' Vernal Equinox Slipcase edition and stated another piece of concept art was included. A day later, the user had uploaded both images, albeit in low quality with only one of them being found in high quality the day prior, from the book. <ref>[https://postimg.cc/c6NMLwVB ''Bone'' movie concept art from the ''Bone'' Vernal Equinox Slipcase edidtion.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20</ref>  It's still unknown how much (if any) animation was done for the Paramount version of the film to this day or if any other concept art was produced. With Netflix now owning the adaptation rights to ''Bone'', it's unlikely either adaptation of the film will ever see the light of day.
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Up until mid 2020, no material from either version of the film had surfaced. Although no production material for the Warner Bros. version of the film has been found, it was discovered on August 16th, 2020 by Reddit user Clean-Cupcakes on r/Bone that Paramount concept art was featured on a defunct animation website called Animated Movies, on their page about the ''Bone'' film. <ref>[https://www.reddit.com/r/Bone/comments/ib7ml0/possible_nickparamount_bone_movie_concept_art/ Animated Movies webpage featuring the Nick/Paramount ''Bone'' concept art.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20</ref> Though its initial legitimacy was questioned, fellow Reddit user Lokigere revealed further details, and was able to prove that the art was legitimate. The concept art was featured in a collection of novels for the series titled ''Bone'' Vernal Equinox Slipcase Edition, and also contained another piece of concept art for the film. A day later, the user uploaded both images, albeit in low quality. <ref>[https://postimg.cc/c6NMLwVB ''Bone'' movie concept art from the ''Bone'' Vernal Equinox Slipcase Edition.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20</ref>  It's still unknown how much (if any) animation was done for the Paramount version of the film. With Netflix now owning the adaptation rights to ''Bone'', it's unlikely either adaptation of the film will ever see the light of day.
  
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==

Latest revision as of 17:39, 18 August 2020

BoneCompleteSeries.jpg

The Front Cover of Bone: The Complete Edition.

Status: Lost

Bone is a fantasy comic book series created by Jeff Smith and published by Cartoon Books that ran from 1991 to 2004 for 55 issues. It tells the story of the Bone Cousins (Fone, Phoney, and Smiley) who are ran out of Boneville and end up in The Valley. With the help of Thorn and her grandmother, Gran'ma Ben, the cousins try to get back to their home. All the while, they're caught up in trials and tribulations through the valley, and even a war. The series has become a beloved cult classic among readers, with many attempts having been made to adapt the series into film, however, none have been successful. Only a handful of material for either adaptation of the comic has surfaced.

Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount Pictures version (1998-2000)

In August 1998, Jeff Smith signed a deal with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies to produce an animated adaptation of Bone.[1] A first draft of the script was written a year later, with Smith stating that pre-production may start in 2000, with him to lead as director.[2] The story would've followed the Bone Cousins ending up in the valley, where they would meet Thorn and Grand'ma Ben. Smith pitched the story to be very simple, but with an open ending that could potentially lead to more sequels for the future. However, Nickelodeon wanted to change the ending and make the film more kid-friendly. Most notably, they wanted the Bones to be played by children, and for Fone Bone to have "Magic Gloves".[3] They also wanted to shift more focus on the character Thorn, and even debated focusing the movie on her instead.[3] There were also talks of pop songs by NSYNC and Britney Spears to be featured in the films soundtrack, which was quickly turned down by Smith.[3] The executive meddling caused Smith to walk out of the film, resulting in production being cancelled in August of 2000.[4]

Warner Bros. version (2008-2016)

Nearly eight years after the previous version was cancelled, it was revealed in March of 2008 that a new Bone film was in production. This time, it was to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, with Dan Lin producing.[5] Animal Logic (known for their Oscar-winning film Happy Feet) and Lin Pictures were to produce, with Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith directing, and P.J. Hogan writing.[6] It was later announced that the film was instead going to become a CGI trilogy. A four minute animation demo reel was shown to Smith, who described it as:

"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."[7]

In November 2016, Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and Adam Kline, were to direct and write the film trilogy, effectively replacing Smith and Hogan.[8] There has been no further news on the project since, and with the announcement of a Bone animated series coming to Netflix, the project has more than likely been shelved.[9]

Availability

Up until mid 2020, no material from either version of the film had surfaced. Although no production material for the Warner Bros. version of the film has been found, it was discovered on August 16th, 2020 by Reddit user Clean-Cupcakes on r/Bone that Paramount concept art was featured on a defunct animation website called Animated Movies, on their page about the Bone film. [10] Though its initial legitimacy was questioned, fellow Reddit user Lokigere revealed further details, and was able to prove that the art was legitimate. The concept art was featured in a collection of novels for the series titled Bone Vernal Equinox Slipcase Edition, and also contained another piece of concept art for the film. A day later, the user uploaded both images, albeit in low quality. [11] It's still unknown how much (if any) animation was done for the Paramount version of the film. With Netflix now owning the adaptation rights to Bone, it's unlikely either adaptation of the film will ever see the light of day.

Gallery

Videos

nickslimepodcast's video on the Nick version of the Bone movie.
Ash the Canadian's video on the Nickelodeon adaptation of the film.
Jay Wallfish's video on the Warner Bros. adaptation of the film.


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References