X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn wants to bring a bit of high school goth drama to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vaughn’s MARV Films has acquired the rights to Tonya Hurley’s young adult book franchise ghostgirl.
“Five years ago I spotted ghostgirl on a shelf, and I was immediately drawn to everything about it,” executive producer Valerie Van Galder said in a statement. “Tonya Hurley and I formed an instant kinship as both relate to outsiders and are immensely grateful we did not peak in high school. Tonya spent those five years telling Charlotte Usher’s story in five separate books, building a passionate and dedicated fan base who are now eagerly awaiting this next chapter in Charlotte’s afterlife.”
Vaughn and Van Galder previously worked together on Snatch and Kick Ass.
Here’s the plot for the first entry in the series courtesy of publisher Little, Brown:
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.
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