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DreamWorks pushing forward ghost project

MUMBAI: Dreamworks is pushing forward with a new untitled ghost project that is competing for a fourth-quarter 2012 release slot.

The project, referred to internally as Boo U recently picked up writer Jon Vitti (The Simpsons Movie), who will pen the screenplay. The story line centers on a ghost who is bad at his job and must return to ghost school.


The project will be directed by Tony Leondis ("Igor") and executive produced by Gil Netter and Courtney Pledger.


Another ghost-centric film, referred to as Freakers was being written by Joe Syracuse & Lisa Addario (Surf‘s Up) and centers on a ghost story told from the ghosts‘ point of view, in their world. That project is no longer active.


A third ghost-related story idea is in the pitch stage.


In late May, DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, whose contract recently was extended to 2013, said a "supersecret ghost project" was on the books for a potential late-2012 slot. Boo U is that project.


Puss in Boots (March 30) and a third Madagascar movie (May) are also slated for release in 2012. The ghost picture would hit theaters Nov. 12, unless the caveman comedy The Croods or the Terry Pratchett adaptation Truckers makes the cut instead.

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