Robert Zemeckis Will Produce Paranormal Adventure 'Charles Fort'
by Ethan Anderton
October 7, 2011
With his return to live-action filmmaking on the horizon with Flight starring Denzel Washington, director Robert Zemeckis is also keeping his producing hand busy as well. Heat Vision has word that Zemeckis will produce a paranormal adventure film called Charles Fort with Evan Spiliotopoulos (who wrote the forthcoming Snow White and the Huntsman) slated to write the story described as a period Ghostbusters. The story is an adaptation of a short Dark Horse comic series which sees early-twentieth-century American researcher and writer Charles Fort turned into an adventurous paranormal investigator. More below!
The four-issue series from 2002 has Fort getting caught up with aliens and murderers in New York City at the turn of the 19th century. The comic isn't too far removed from Fort himself as the researchers real-life books like The Book of the Damned and New Lands were some of the first to look into such phenomenon and science fiction ideas as levitation, teleportation, alien abduction and plenty of other paranormal elements. While Fort himself was a skeptic, he apparently enjoyed "collecting data to support explanations for things that he felt were no less possible than the scientifically accepted ones." This sounds like a Sherlock Holmes meets Ghostbusters kind of story, and in the hands of Zemeckis, could be really fun.