Instead of jetting away to an island paradise to sink cocktails, fiddle with tiny novelty umbrellas and bask in the success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine – the movie gobbled up US $87million at the American box office last week – star, producer and all-time Our Boy Hugh Jackman has just announced his latest project, Ghostopolis. Jackman has signed on to star in and produce the supernatural adventure for Disney, which will adapt a yet to be released graphic novel of the same name from author Doug TenNapel. TenNapel doesn’t seem to have made an impression in Australia (has anyone actually read one of his books?) but he’s hot property in tinsel town at the moment, with three of his other works in development at various studios: Tommysaurus Rex (Universal), Creature Tech (Fox), and Monster Zoo (Paramount).
In Ghostopolis Jackman will play a member of the Spiritual Immigration Task Force (no word yet on whether Kevin Andrews will cameo) which are a group devoted to policing interaction between our world and the supernatural world. When a child crosses over, ala Monsters Inc., Jackman must team up with a dead former flame to retrieve him. Another gig as producer is further evidence that Our Boy enjoys a little extra power and influence on set, although no evidence as yet suggests he’s done anything particularly valiant with it.