The streaming giant announced Wednesday that it secured the rights to Columbus cartoonist Jeff Smith's award-winning work.

Columbus cartoonist Jeff Smith’s “Bone” comic book saga is headed to Netflix.

The streaming giant announced Wednesday that it secured the rights to Smith’s fantasy epic, with plans to develop it into a children’s animated series. Just like in Smith’s comics, the episodic narrative will follow the three iconic cousins — Fone Bone, Smiley Bone, and Phoney Bone — on whimsical adventures through deserts and valleys after they have been run out of their hometown of Boneville.

A release date has not been announced.

Jeff Smith’s award-winning comic book series “Bone” is being adapted into an animated kids series

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Originally published as 55 bimonthly issues from 1991 to 2004, “Bone” and its characters have been adapted into video games and action figures, but never into a television show or movie.

Warner Bros. Entertainment had originally bought the film rights to “Bone” in 2008, but once that 10-year agreement expired with the project stalled, Netflix emerged as a potential suitor, Smith said. He told The Dispatch that the acquisition has been in the works for about a year.

“Netflix was the best fit, I thought,” said Smith, 59, who lives in German Village. “They understood the property. They understood the characters. They understood the setting.”

A spokeswoman for Netflix said the company is not yet commenting publicly on the project.

Smith said that he will serve as the executive producer for the first season to ensure the show matches his vision.

“I’m very excited about it,” Smith said. “I’m very up for it.”

“Bone,” which Smith independently published under his company Cartoon Books, was a New York Times best seller that won 40 national and international publishing awards, including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards. In 2005, Scholastic selected the series as the launch title for Graphix Books, a graphic novel imprint, publishing it as nine graphic novels that sold 8 million copies in North America.

Smith’s other works include “SHAZAM! The Monster Society of Evil,” “RASL” and “Tuki Save the Humans.” He also is the co-founder of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, a four-day festival celebrating all things illustrated that recently marked its fifth year.