Stephen Fry is to play the title character of the Canterville Ghost in a new CG animated feature film adaptation of the classic story from Oscar Wilde.
Fry will star alongside Hugh Laurie, marking the first time they will have worked together in over fifteen years.
The film is being produced by Gina Carter and Robert Chandler, a co-production between Fry’s own Sprout Pictures and Jerry Hibbert’s new animation company, D’Arblay Films.
It will be animated in London and Toronto. The Toronto studio is Arc Productions, the studio that animated Shane Acker’s 9 and Rocket Pictures’ Gnomeo & Juliet.
The film is being marketed as a family feature, for worldwide release at Christmas 2014.
THE CANTERVILLE GHOST is set in rural England at the end of the nineteenth century. For hundreds of years Sir Simon de Canterville has been haunting Canterville Chase with a certain Gothic panache. Everything changes when an American family – the Otises from Boston – buys Canterville Chase and moves in. The Otises refuse outright to be frightened by Sir Simon’s antics, forcing the hapless spirit to question his motives and come to terms with his own tragic past.
Sir Simon forms a bond with the family’s teenage daughter, Virginia. Together they set off on an adventure. They encounter a jovial gardener in the Canterville grounds, who turns out to be the grim spectre Death. Virginia and Sir Simon challenge Death to a spectacular duel for the right to re-unite Sir Simon with his beautiful, loving wife, Eleanor. If Sir Simon and Virginia lose the duel, however, they will be trapped as spirits in the grounds of Canterville forever…
The Canterville Ghost has been developed with assistance of the BFI Film Fund.
Producers Gina Carter (Sprout Pictures) and Robert Chandler (D’Arblay Films).
Executive Producers Jerry Hibbert, Bob Benton, Stephen Fry.
Director Kim Burdon
Writers Keiron Self & Giles New