Jim Henson Pictures has optioned Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel “Neverwhere” with blurb helmer Jesse Dylan directing and Denise DiNovi producing, the company announced Thursday.Sony Pictures Entertainment is set to distribute the pic through its deal with Henson. Project is the tale of a businessman caught up in the London underworld who finds his life erased after he helps a mysterious girl avenge her family’s murder. Henson prexy of production Stephanie Allain described the project as fulfilling the Henson mandate with a dark, edgy storyline that will appeal to the family. “It’s creepy and chilling and really entertaining with monsters, heroes and angels. It’s kind of mythic,” she said. Gaiman, whose writing credits include the novels “The Sandman,” “The Good Omens” and the short story collection “Angels and Visitations,” will pen the screenplay. Belson overseeing Kristine Belson, who recently joined the Henson company as second-in-command under Allain, will oversee the project. Dylan, the son of singer Bob Dylan, has helming credits for more than 300 music videos and TV ads, including spots for Coca-Cola, Pepsi and MTV’s Rock the Vote. He is currently developing the biopic “Evel Knievel” for Universal as a feature. The package was put together by Creative Artists Agency. Dylan, Gaiman and DiNovi are all repped by the agency.
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