Jackman’s new role: ‘Ghost’ immigration officer

05.04.09 9 years ago

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Fresh off a blockbuster weekend for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Hugh Jackman has attached himself to another comic-book property, although this one hasn’t even published yet.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackman is set to star in and co-produce a big screen adaptation of Doug TenNapel’s “Ghostopolis” for Walt Disney Studios.

The upcoming graphic novel follows a man on the government’s Supernatural Immigration Task Force whose job is to send ghosts who have escaped back into the real world back to Ghostopolis.  After a living boy accidentally is sent to the other side, Jackman’s character must team up with a female ghost (who just happens to be a former flame) to safely bring him back.  For Disney, this is clearly a family adventure picture in the vein of “Race to Witch Mountain.”  Whether they will let it get as dark as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is another question.

No director or writer is currently attached to the project, but this is just one of TenNapel’s print creations that have found new homes in Hollywood.  The dinosaur tale “Tommysaurus Rex” is in development at Universal, “Creature Tech” is in the works with New Regency and “Monster Zoo” is coming together at Paramount Pictures.

Jackman is also developing a movie version of the Virgin Comics’ character “Nowhere Man.”

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