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Doug TenNapel's GHOSTOPOLIS is being made with Hugh Jackman at Disney!

Hey folks, Harry here... Good news comes this early Monday morning - it looks like Hugh Jackman is going to be headlining a mysterious new Doug TenNapel work - that we've yet to see. Doug has said that GHOSTOPOLIS is long, but what that means... well we can't be sure of, but it seems to take an inkling of something from POLTERGEIST - where a living child is banished to "the other side" or in this case GHOSTOPOLIS. Hugh plays a man that works for the Supernatural Immigration Task Force. Basically, he busts ghosts that try to haunt our world back to Ghostopolis, which is apparently some spectral city of the ghostly variety. He teams up with a Ghost, that is a former flame, to try and track down and return the boy to the land of the living. Sounds like it has a lot of room for fun. This is TenNapel's first Disney production. He has his other projects in development at Universal, New Regency and Paramount. This sounds very promising, we'll get a clearer look at what this is, once we see Doug's Graphic Novel which is due out later this year! At the very least, that's something to be excited for! The story broke through The Hollywood Reporter by Borys Kit!

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  • May 4, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST


    by JabbaTheMutt

  • May 4, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Men in Black meets Ghostbusters?


    Oh... Hugh...

  • May 4, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Ghosts Inc

    by ShadowMaker

    I wonder if they'll make Jackman look like Scully or Mike.

  • May 4, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Sounds alright....

    by TheWaqman

    I hope Hugh is doing other projects though aswell. He's got potential, which we saw in The Fountain.

  • May 4, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Creature Tech

    by Stryder

    Is that still in development or what? Despite being hit over the head with Doug's religious leanings, it was still a pretty fun story.

  • May 4, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    The Good. The Bad. And The Ghostbusters.

    by scriptgirl_nipples

  • May 4, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Scriptgirl scooped this last week.

    by brock landers baby

    Like fuck she did.

  • May 4, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Sounds Like Over The Top Trash

    by Media Messiah

    Some high concept material is just too much of a gimmick to be taken seriously.

  • May 4, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    It's Disney, so it will be...

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Poltergeist mixed with Daddy Day Care.<br> <br> PASS!

  • May 4, 2009, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Could it be as good as The Haunted Mansion?

    by The Dum Guy

  • May 4, 2009, 1 a.m. CST

    The difference between generations of actors

    by Continentalop

    For a guy who I think is a pretty good actor, I can't help but notice the roles that have led to his meteoric rise to fame versus the ones of a past generation of highly praised actors: <p> Hoffman got famous for starring in the Graduate, followed closely behind by roles in Midnight Cowboy and Little Big Man. <p> Jack Nicholson finally got noticed in Easy Rider, and then became famous thanks to roles in Five Easy Pieces, Last Detail and Chinatown. <p> Al Pacino: Panic in Needle Park, Godfather I & II, Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon. <p> Robert DeNiro: Mean Streets, Godfather II & Taxi Driver. <p> Hugh Jackman gets to show off his acting chops by playing a mutant with claws in X-Men 1, 2, 3 and Wolverine, plus starring roles in Swordfish, Van Helsing and now this. <p> Just saying.

  • May 4, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Almost thought the title said GHOSTBUSTERS for a minute...

    by Mike_D

    I was like "whoa..sweet"

  • May 4, 2009, 1:28 a.m. CST

    TenNapel+Wolvie, i'm in

    by pipergates

  • May 4, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Nothing could be as good as Haunted Mansion....

    by TheWaqman

    Eddie Murphy's cinematic masterpiece.

  • May 4, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Hughs best film is The Prestige actually

    by cool_britannia79

    Just sayin'

  • May 4, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Will There Be Plot Holes & Shit Special FX?

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Because I recently ran into that problem...

  • May 4, 2009, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Disney having another go at a

    by Dingbatty

    spooky themed movie since Haunted Mansion failed to draw like Pirates?

  • May 4, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Very true cool brit

    by Continentalop

    But unfortunately The Prestige and The Fountain are not what made him a star to the public. Here we have a pretty good actor, and the only films the studios and the public wants to see him in are not that challenging.

  • May 4, 2009, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Doug TenNapel is a genius

    by Youso

    If you ever played Neverhood (PC) or Skull Monkeys (PS1), you'd know. I hope Terry S. Taylor scores Ghostopolis.

  • May 4, 2009, 2:31 a.m. CST

    All TenNapel has done are cartoons? Jackman needs to do

    by JuanSanchez

    more serious stuff. He's blowing the little serious actor cred he's got with junk like Van Helsing and X-Men Origins: Wolverine and it's not like he gets much credit for the less bad X-Men films.

  • May 4, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Stay with Disney, Hugh, do JOHN CARTER

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

  • May 4, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST

    How can ANYONE have faith in Jackman in genre films

    by IndustryKiller!

    His track record is terrible. He was alright int he Prestige but was compeltely overshadowed by Bale and that horrible ending. Jackman was fantastic in THe Fountain though, playing mroe real grounded characters is obviously his think, he cannot help but ham it up in actioneers.

  • May 4, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    His "thing" I meant

    by IndustryKiller!

  • May 4, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Jackman, fuck man!

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    After Wolverix & Sabrelix he's lost all credibility in my eyes. I love The Prestige and The Fountain was cool, but he almost promised Wolverliveactionkiddiecartoon would be good. Not nice.

  • May 4, 2009, 3:28 a.m. CST

    It's hard not to root for Hugh. Too bad he makes crap...

    by JuanSanchez

    much of the time. To be honest - the guy seems so nice and upbeat - I don't think I could tell him I hated Wolverine.

  • May 4, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Cats are peaceful.

    by ColinSL

    It’s really quite peaceful to see a cat sleep. I started regretting the reason that the girls had to go on strike about a trip to the ambulance store. What am I talking about? Anyway, I like cats.

  • May 4, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    I give up reading AICN til...

    by DC Films

    those damn mirror stop covering the text.

  • May 4, 2009, 3:55 a.m. CST

    This year's Silent Hill!

    by kafka07

    Jackman knows how to pick em

  • May 4, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Jackman should remake Clint Eastwood westerns

    by pipergates

    He does the squinty-faced dangerous cold blooded guy really good, looks quite like the young Clint with sideburns, at his best...when he's not hamming it up yeah, but he only does that when he's required to, and he does that pretty well too. But he is just not that interesting in his more normal earnest/openfaced guise, at least not in most of the dramatic roles I've seen him in. Maybe he could play John Carter of Mars in that Fistful of Dollars way.

  • May 4, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST

    colinSL, dont bogart it

    by pipergates

  • May 4, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    I want to see a SockBaby feature!!!!

    by Mistahtibbs

    <p>Seriously.</p> <p>Ronny Cordoba rocks the house, BABY!</p> <p>"You tell your friends that Ronnie Cordoba says, THEY'RE GAY!"</p> MT

  • May 4, 2009, 6:17 a.m. CST

    So will this be another Van Helsing?

    by Yeti

    If so I'll wait for the DVD.

  • May 4, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    "Cause bustin' makes feel good!"

    by SID 8.0

    Sounds kind of out there but interesting.

  • May 4, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    He should do the Omegaman movie. Pipergates

    by SID 8.0

    you are on the right track. Jackman and Eastwood could play the same man as a younger clone and older version. Their looks are very similar

  • May 4, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Get ready for

    by Flyingcircus

    an onslaught of CGI diarrhea. *Sigh* Hugh, mate, you're better than this. Sort your career out quickly and get yourself in something decent.

  • May 4, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST


    by Rolling_Stone

    Get ready for lots of CGI ghosts. Oh yeah, and lots of vampires and werewolves too.

  • May 4, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Makes me dram of . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . a Ghostbusters vs Beetlejuice flick.

  • May 4, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    He created Earthworm Jim

    by terry1978

    That is all you need to know. Every original idea nowadays is derivitive of something else, hell Cameron's Avatar sounds like several other movie/video game plots, but it'll still be interesting.

  • May 4, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I wonder...

    by sanzaru

    This sounds a little like Paul Pope's upcoming 'Battling Boy' graphic novel (which supposedly had been optioned for film, last I heard). BB involves a boy fighting through a place called "Monstropolis"...Monstropolis? ...Ghostopolis? Anybody think this could be Disney's way of getting out ahead of the game?

  • May 4, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Earthworm Jim

    by MaliceHighload

    I played the living fuck outta that game back in the day. They really need to bring that IP back, proper like.

  • May 4, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Sure its going to be a huge payday for Hugh.....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    It can also be the kiss of death. Look at Vin Deisel, Eddie Murphy, The Rock, Im sorry Dwayne Johnson and Adam Sandler. When A-list actors start doing Disney Movies Their careers are pretty much going downhill at that point.

  • May 4, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    except for....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Johnny Depp

  • May 4, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Willie hopes this not turn out stinky-bad!

    by Amy Chasing

    Disney, just let Mr TenNapel do his thing. If The Neverhood was good enough for Spielberg, Ghostopolis will be fine in his hands. And I second a Terry S Taylor score for this! <P> As for Mr Jackman - give him a good script and production and let him do his thing.

  • May 4, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Love TenNapel's work. Not a fan of his politics.

    by D.Vader

    I used to follow his blog quite extensively. I don't think he updates it anymore (if he does, its not in the same capacity as he once did). But once he started saying George Lucas and Ep.III sucks because he compared the Emperor or Anakin to George Bush (give me a break) and George Bush can do no wrong, democrats suck, conservative christian republicans rule, I kinda started losing respect for him. <p> I will say, he can argue his points without resorting to insult, so I don't think less of him. The Star Wars debacle aside, he's a very intelligent and creative guy. I look forward to all his new releases.

  • May 4, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Based on that description...

    by Citizen Sane

    lame, lame lame Lame LAme LAMe LAME LAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 4, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Wow, that title has to go. Who are the ad wizards....

    by dr sauch


  • May 4, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by dr sauch

  • May 4, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST


    by sanzaru

    Maybe this'll gin up some interest for a "Monster Squad" revisit? That'd be fun.

  • May 4, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Wicked City yo... Check it out.

    by mistergreen

    This definitely won't be as violent or sex-filled but reminds me of Wicked City.

  • May 4, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by Unlabled


  • May 4, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Yesssss...Earthworm jim was awesome

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...that game had the best design of any game ever. From the characters to the levels to the music. Plus it was just so damn funny any time you died.

  • May 4, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST

    yeah this doesnt sound like Van Helsing at all

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer


  • May 4, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Hugh! Where is Drive Godammit?

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Make. It. Next.

  • May 4, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Oh look! Harry raves about Brother's Bloom..

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

    ..and now there's a BANNER AD at the top of this site...hmmmmmmmmm

  • May 4, 2009, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Rehack on Cool World

    by Unscripted

    ...and that's all this will be.

  • May 4, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    sounds better

    by frank cotton

    than most of the crap coming our way. least it's not a REMAKE

  • May 5, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    getting a Van HELSING feeling about this

    by onezeroone

  • May 5, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    i like the idea of this movie.

    by the_fin

    if its animated in the pixar wing it can push violence boundaries, get a pg13, be like the incredibles. Here's hoping its not another van helsing. worst 2 hours i spent in a movie theater.

  • May 5, 2009, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Give us a reason to believe in you again, Hugh!

    by JuanSanchez

    We all like you, but you gotta hold up your end and deliver some good flicks! Improve your batting average a little and you could have a nice, long career. I think your best bet is hooking up with more of the big time great directors. Your work with Nolan was great - now track down Fincher, Cameron, Mann, the Coen brothers, Spielberg, Weir, maybe even lure Ridley Scott away from Russel Crowe for one damn movie. Stay away from Bret Ratner, Robert Rodriguez, Stephen Sommers, Rob Cohen, Michael Bay and just plain forget about musicals.

  • May 5, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Looks like Disney

    by The real Jack Bauer

    was in need of updating its Haunted Mansion....meh