Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) and Stephen Fry (V for Vendetta) will lend their voices to the animated Oscar Wilde adaptation, The Canterville Ghost. Wilde’s novella, set in late 1800s rural England, tells of the Otises, an American family that moves in to Canterville Chase, an old country house. Sir Simon de Canterville (Fry) has been haunting the residence for hundreds of years alongside his resident nemesis, Death (Laurie) in the guise of a lowly gardener. Comedic stars of the 80s and 90s series, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, the duo have collaborated on a number of projects; this will be their first such reunion in 13 years. Hit the jump for more on The Canterville Ghost.
THR reports that Kim Burdon is set to direct the animated project from an adaptation by Keiron Self and Giles New, both of That Mitchell and Webb Look. The Wilde novella has been adapted a number of times over the years, including a 1944 film with Charles Laughton (Spartacus) in the title role and a 1995 TV drama featuring Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Neve Campbell (Party of Five). Burdon spoke on the animation style of The Canterville Ghost, saying “the project would be CG animated rather than stop-capture likeness.” The animation will be split between London and Toronto, respectively handled in part by Jerry Hibbert’s startup company D’Arblay Films and Arc Productions, the studio behind Shane Acker’s 9 and Rocket Pictures’ Gnomeo & Juliet. Producers are reportedly shopping the picture as a family-friendly feature and are aiming for a release date around Christmas 2014.
Now, just for fun, here’s a bit from A Bit of Fry and Laurie: