Emma Roberts (The Blackcoat’s Daughter, American Horror Story) is set to star in supernatural comedy Anya’s Ghost as, well, The  Ghost. Anya’s Ghost is adapted from the 2011 graphic novel of the same name by cartoonist Vera Brosgol. The graphic novel won multiple awards, including the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12–17). It also won the Cybils Award in the Young Adult category, and the Harvey Award for Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers.

The story follows an unpopular teenage girl named Anya. One day after school, Anya falls into a dry well where, much to her surprise, she finds a human skeleton. Suddenly, the skeleton’s ghost appears and reveals her name is Emily. She goes on to explains that she fell down the well, broke her neck, and died of dehydration ninety years ago. Emily wants to befriend Anya, but she cannot go far from her skeleton. Therefore, Anya takes a finger bone from the skeleton, and that is where our story begins.

 

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The project is to be helmed by Dirty Grandpa director Dan Mazer and is based on a screenplay by Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls). It will also be produced by Jeremy Bolt, who said in an interview with Deadline that “Patrick is so passionate about the source material, and his screenplay is fresh and distinctive. We love Dan’s vision to make a classic high school comedy with a supernatural twist”.

There is no word yet as to when the movie will begin production but rest assured, we will keep you up-to-date on any and all developments regarding the project. Have you read Anya’s GhostAre you excited to see this beloved graphic novel adapted for the big screen? Let us know in the comments below or in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group.