Adam Sandler (Grown Ups) is set to star in Hello Ghost, a Universal remake of a Korean supernatural comedy. The story centers on “a man who, after he tries to kill himself, is plagued by the arrival of four ghosts. They won’t won’t leave him in peace until he helps them amend their past by granting them one wish.” Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) will direct the picture from a Karen Croner (Admission) script. Sandler will next appear in Grown Ups 2 on July 12th while Columbus is in talks to direct the feature-length animated picture, Pixels. Hit the jump for more, including news on an upcoming comedy starring Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Liam Hemsworth’s (The Hunger Games) newest picture.
Heat Vision reports that Sandler will star in Hello Ghost and will also produce through Happy Madison. Columbus will produce as well via his 1492 Pictures and the Korean company CJ Entertainment, which produced the original film, will co-produce the remake.
Meanwhile, The Wrap reports that fellow SNL grad Armisen will star in an untitled comedy from director Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa). Previously titled Justice for Al, the story centers on Al Fishkin (Armisen), “an innocent man who is set up for a minor crime and placed under house arrest in his childhood home with his parents. With the help of his friends, Al plots to clear his name and get revenge on the man who framed him.” There’s also a romantic element to the picture, but the central theme focuses on a man forced to grow up a second time. Filmmakers are set to cast supporting roles and hope to secure financing before a planned shoot later this fall.
Lastly, Hemsworth will join the cast of Cut Bank, which already stars John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Teresa Palmer, Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt and Michael Stuhlbarg. Hemsworth will replace Armie Hammer as the lead. Based on a Black List script by Roberto Patino, the story centers on “Dwayne McLaren, a young auto mechanic and former high school football star who wants to get the hell out of this tiny town frozen in time. His attempt to do so sets in motion a series of events that will change his life – and the life of Cut Bank, Montana – forever.” Television director Matt Shakman (Mad Men, House) will make his feature directorial debut on the project. Production began this week in Edmonton.