Disney has signed Hugh Jackman to star and produce a big screen adaptation of Doug TenNapel‘s upcoming all-ages graphic novel Ghostopolis. TenNapel is the Eisner Award-winning artist best known for creating Earthworm Jim.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the book tells the story of a ghosthunter who works for the government’s Supernatural Immigration Task Force. His job is to trap ghosts and release them back to Ghostopolis (hence the title). But a human boy is accidentally sent to the other side, and the agent must team with a female ghost (and former flame) to bring him back to our world. The premise sounds like it would be a better fit for animation, but it appears that the film is going to be live-action. No screenwriter or director has been hired.
TenNapel has spent four years developing the book, and started pitching the idea to Hollywood studios exactly a year ago. TenNapel wrote on his website on May 6th 2008 that he “pitched it around town to an exec at Disney and I got all choked up. I pitched it to fox last week and this time the executive got choked up! So I knew it was time to release the house and finish it double-time!” Doug’s other graphic novels have been optioned by Hollywood, with Tommysaurus Rex set up at Universal, Creature Tech set up at New Regency and Monster Zoo set up at Paramount.Cool Posts From Around the Web: