Supernatural comedy Anya's Ghost has found its director in Dan Mazer (Dirty Grandpa, I Give It A Year), who is now officially set to helm the adaptation of the coming-of-age-with-a-twist graphic novel by Vera Brosgol. The film boasts a script from best-selling author Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls, Chaos Walking), and is scheduled to begin production by the end of this year.
Originally published in June 2011 by Macmillan imprint Square Fish, Brosgol's Eisner Award-winning Anya's Ghost is described by the publisher as:
"Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "Forever" part.
Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who's been dead for a century.
Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she's pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.
Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya's Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol."
For producer Jeremy Bolt (Bolt Pictures), it was the combination of Mazer's world and Ness's skills in adapting it in a unique way that made the project so attractive:
"Patrick is so passionate about the source material, and his screenplay is fresh and distinctive. We love Dan's vision to make a classic high school comedy with a supernatural twist."
Entertainment One is financing the film, with Lara Thompson and Ilda Diffley overseeing production for eOne. Bolt will be co-producing with Bullitt Entertainment's Benedict Carver and eOne.