When Neil Gaiman announced that another Neil, one Neil Jordan, was going to do The Graveyard Book film, I was puzzled as I associated him vaguely with The Crying Game, a terrific movie, but a very different genre indeed. However, just now I did a little investigating and I totally, totally get it. I hadn’t realized that he was the director of The Company of Wolves, one of the coolest fairy tale films I know. Based on Angela Carter‘s story, “The Company of Wolves” (you can read an excerpt here), it is definitely of its time (1984), but nonetheless a very eerie and unique film. I was then very intrigued to see he has just done Ondine. If it is about the nymph Ondine or some variant of her, that will be very cool. My only quibble is that of the two Jordan films mentioned first (as far as I know the only ones of his I’ve seen), they are pretty serious. I just hope that he gets the humor of the graveyard as well as I’m sure he’ll get everything else.
Here’s the first ten minutes of that Little Red Riding— I mean, Jordan’s The Company of Wolves: