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Casper Star is Finally 'Ready' For That Sequel

Nearly 22 years after "Casper" floated into theaters, one of the stars of the fantasy comedy thinks it finally may be time for a sequel.

Actor Devon Sawa, who as a teenager played the human form of the friendly ghost, tweeted a message to Universal Pictures on Friday announcing he's ready to return to the role:

Hello Universal, ya it's me Devon.... Sawa... SAwa with an S. Never mind, I'm ready to come back and do another Casper... yes the ghost!

— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) January 27, 2017

Hey @imarleneking, where we at on that Now and Then 2 script?

— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) January 27, 2017

The film starred Christina Ricci as Kat Harvey, a teenage girl who arrives with her ghost-therapist father (Bill Pullman) to Whipstaff Manor, which is haunted by Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) and the not-so-friendly Ghostly Trio. Casper is instantly smitten with Kat, who helps him unlock long-forgotten memories of his life. After Casper sacrifices his last opportunity to be alive once again, he's given a chance to appear temporarily in human form (as Sawa), and dance with Kat.

Although "Casper" received mix reviews, it was a commercial hit, earning nearly $288 million worldwide on an estimated production budget of $55 million. The film led to an animated spinoff and a pair of direct-to-video prequels, but a planned sequel was abruptly canceled.

Sawa, who went on to star in such films as "Now and Then," "Idle Hands" and "Final Destination" and on the television series "Nikita," is now 38 years old, which might create some story problems: How do you explain an aging ghost? But, hey, "Casper 2" just might be exactly what '90s kids are looking for.

(via MTV)

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