X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Director Matthew Vaughn Buys Rights to Young Adult Series GHOSTGIRL

     December 4, 2014


While we wait patiently for director Matthew Vaughn‘s Kingsmen: The Secret Service to come out next year, the director has added a new project to his slate of potential directing vehicles.  Variety reports that Vaughn’s Marv Films has acquired the movie rights to Tonya Hurley‘s Ghostgirl young adult novels.  Per Variety, the books center “on a high school senior who is desperate to be popular even after her death — from choking on a Gummi Bear.”  That sounds pretty fun, and I imagine it would have to be a more welcome return to a high school setting than the abysmal Kick-Ass 2, which Vaughn produced.

Vaughn is currently not attached to direct Ghostgirl, and it should be noted that Vaughn is very careful when it comes to selecting his films.  He chose not to return for X-Men: Days of Future Past and decided to pass on Star Wars: Episode VII.  I like all Vaughn’s directorial efforts, and if he does decide to helm Ghostgirl, it will definitely be on my radar.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Hurley’s novel.

Here’s the synopsis for Tonya Hurley’s Ghostgirl:

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

And if I should die before I awake,

I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she’s dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn’t stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we’ll go to be seen. [Amazon]


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