Hugh Jackman Moving Over to Disney with Ghostopolis
by Alex Billington
May 3, 2009
After a successful $87 million opening weekend for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Disney has announced tonight that Hugh Jackman will star in their adaptation of another upcoming graphic novel called Ghostopolis. Written by Doug TenNapel, the story centers on a man who works for the government's Supernatural Immigration Task Force - his job is to send ghosts who have escaped into our world back to Ghostopolis. When a living boy accidentally is sent to the other side, the agent must team with a female ghost (and a former flame) to bring him back. With Disney developing, expect this to be family friendly.
No director or writer has been attached to the project yet, however, Jackman himself is producing through his own company Seed Productions, which means it's definitely something he's happy to be involved in. I'm not personally familiar with Doug TenNapel, however, his other graphic novels are in high demand in Hollywood, including Tommysaurus Rex, Creature Tech, and Monster Zoo (which are all in development at other studios). My feeling is that they're quite kid friendly, which is why this is a good fit for Disney. I can't help but wonder if this could turn out to be this generation's Casper (remember that movie?). Maybe?