Netflix confirmed that the company has secured the rights to Jeff Smith’s award-winning and New York Times best-selling international comic book series, “BONE.” The platform intends to develop a new animated kids series based on the franchise, which has delighted fans for over 25 years. According to Netflix, the series “follows the iconic Bone cousins on an adventure through a vast, uncharted desert and into a mysterious valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.”
After launching in 1991, “BONE” has been published in over 30 countries, with over 8M copies sold in North America alone. It is among TIME Magazine’s “Ten Best Graphic Novels of All Time” and is a winner of more than 40 national and international publishing awards, including the Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, and The French Alph Art. “Bone” was a pioneer in comics publishing for kids as the launch title for Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint, Graphix Books, when it debuted in 2005.
You can find the collection of Smith’s books right here on Amazon.
In the announcement, Jeff Smith added, “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.”
Smith is an American cartoonist whose other award-winning and acclaimed comics include “SHAZAM! The Monster Society of Evil,” “RASL,” Little Mouse Gets Ready!,” and “BONE: Tall Tales.” Smith splits his time between Columbus and Key West with his wife and business partner Vijaya Iyer where he is working on his current project “TUKI: 2 Million BCE.”
Netflix stopped short of announcing a release window for the “Bone” series, but we should get more details when the show enters into production.
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