Nick Movies buys film rights to ‘Bone’ comics

Company shells out high six figures in deal

Nickelodeon Movies, which makes its animated feature debut this fall with the Paramount release “The Rugrats Movie,” has acquired feature film rights to Jeff Smith’s award-winning comic book series “Bone” for high six figures.

Nick Movies will develop the property as an animated feature for Smith to direct, according to Albie Hecht, Nick president of film and television entertainment.

The comic fantasy adventure, about three cousins stranded in an uncharted land of bizarre creatures, is serialized monthly in Disney Adventures, reaching an estimated 6million readers.

In 1991, Smith formed Cartoon Books to publish “Bone.” Smith’s work is currently published in 13 languages; the first collection has sold 90,000 copies in English alone. In 1996, “Bone” was honored with the National Cartoonists Society Award for Best Comic.

Formed in 1993, Nickelodeon Movies is the feature film development and production arm of the successful kids cable net.

The company has produced two live action films, “Harriet the Spy” and “The Good Burger,” which were both released by Paramount.

Paramount will release “The Rugrats Movie,” a bigscreen adaptation of the highly rated animated series “Rugrats” on Nov. 20.