The director of Happy Death Day and Freaky, Christopher Landon has taken to Twitter this morning to announce the start of production on his next movie, titled We Have a Ghost.
It would seem this project is one that was first announced back in 2017, an adaptation of a story written by Geoff Manaugh that was published on Vice in October of that year.
Manaugh’s story was titled Ernest, billed as a “socially mediated ghost story.”
Deadline had described back in 2017, when the project was set up at Legendary, “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.”
Deadline continued, “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.”
Landon, who wrote the second, third and fourth installments of the Paranormal Activity series, along with writing and directing Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, is also writing the relaunch of the found footage series, likely arriving sometime next year.
— christopher landon (@creetureshow) July 19, 2021