In May of last year, we brought you word that Paramount Pictures was vying for a spec script by Scott Rosenberg (Gone in Sixty Seconds) called The Hauntrepreneur with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes lined up to produce. It now looks like Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) will be attached to star in the family friendly film about a peculiar man hired to help a family adjust to their new town by creating a haunted house full of oddball characters. The studio had no comment on the casting and is now looking to place a director. The project has previously been described as similar in tone to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a bit of Beetlejuice thrown in. I could definitely see Brand as an off-center combination of Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka and Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice. Hit the jump for more.