Visual Effects Supervisor Charles Gibson Directing The Goblin
by Alex Billington
June 21, 2009
Oscar winning visual effects supervisor and second-unit director Charles Gibson (seen above) will make his big screen directing debut with the family comedy The Goblin. The project is being developed by Daddy Day Care producer Matt Berenson, Wind Dancer Films principal Matt Williams, and production head Judd Payne. The script, written by Geoff Rodkey (Daddy Day Care, The Shaggy Dog, RV) revolves around a suburban family that moves into its new home only to find a "curmudgeonly" goblin who doesn't want them there. "It's about creating a goblin that will appeal to audiences of all ages," Williams explains.
Gibson won Oscars for the visual effects on Babe and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and worked as a second-unit director on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Terminator Salvation most recently. At first, I thought this might be an interesting project, but after taking a closer look at the screenwriter and his past credits, I'm already expecting this to be pretty bad. It sounds like some kind of combination of The Spiderwick Chronicles and the upcoming Aliens in the Attic, and neither of those are really my type of movie by any means. Anyway, we'll still certainly let you know how The Goblin develops.