Deadline reports Dirty Grandpa director Dan Mazer will helm an adaptation of Vera Brosgol’s 2011 graphic novel Anya’s Ghost.
The site describes the project as supernatural coming of age story. In the graphic novel, Anya is a 16-yea-old Russian immigrant to the US who finds making friends difficult. She eventually falls into a well and meets a shy ghost named Emily. The two become friends with Emily promising to help Anya become popular at school while Anya promises to help Emily discover the identity of her murderer. When the ghost become uninterested in the investigation, Anya realizes just how controlling and manipulative Emily has become.
Which is pretty good story prompt.
According to producer Jeremy Bolt, Mazer will craft the story into a “classic high school comedy with a supernatural twist.” Now that gives me pause as the description of the novel on Wikipedia suggests the original story is not as broad as “classic” high school comedies tend to be. Then again, Easy A is both broad and thoughtful in equal measure. Also, there comes a point when Emily becomes a threat, which should be treated with some seriousness. But one assumes Mazer and the producers have thought about this as well and “classic high school comedy” just happened to be the best descriptor for the yet-to-be realized film. And, of course, good adaptations can emerge from scripts which diverge wildly from the source.
Production is set to begin later this year.