Christopher Landon (dir. Happy Death Day & Freaky) posted to Twitter teasing his next movie We Have A Ghost. This is the first time we’ve heard about this project since it was first announced over four years ago.
We Have A Ghost is based on the short story “Ernest” by Geoff Manaugh which was first published in Vice magazine back in October 2017. “Ernest” sparred a bidding war between six major production houses, eventually landing at Legendary with Landon at the helm.
The short has been described as a “socially mediated ghost story”.
Manaugh’s short story begins with Jimmy Kimmel asking his TV audience if it wants to see a real ghost. That would be Ernest, so named by the homeowner who discovered him because the apparition looks a bit like Ernest Borgnine. The homeowner, Frank, begins filming his housebound ghost, and sending out the results to the world through social media. The spirit is mostly harmless, confused by his exploitation, but Ernest becomes a global viral sensation.
He conscripts his high school senior Kevin to be part of a series of dinner parties held in the house to cash in on the ghost. This takes a sketchy turn when the teen, and the ghost, turn up missing, endangering Frank’s plans to monetize.
Check out Landon’s first post here:
Christopher Landon has kept busy throughout the past decade, delivering horror projects like Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and most recently, Freaky.
While We Found A Ghost is a bit of a genre departure for Landon, he’s coming back to horror next year to reboot the Paranormal Activity franchise for Paramount+.
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