There’s a new animated film in the works based on Oscar Wilde’s popular short story from 1887, called “The Canterville Ghost”. I must say this one caught me a little by surprise, as it already has a full cast and crew line-up, and even a poster (above).
Here are the official details on the project, via Comingsoon:
“Content announced today that Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Maleficent), Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel,” Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Miranda Hart (Miranda, “Call the Midwife”), and Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Solider, The Hunger Games) have joined the voice cast of Kim Burdon’s Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost, featuring two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (“House”) and Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). The animated film is produced by Robert Chandler and Gina Carter.
Currently in pre-production, the animated comedy, adapted by Giles New and Keiron Self, follows the story of Sir Simon de Canterville who has been haunting his ancestral home in rural England, Canterville Chase, for over three hundred years. He has successfully scared off every previous tenant with ease and aplomb, up until the Otis family from America moves in.
Stephen Fry, who stars as the famous ghost, remarked “I’m excited as a little child to be playing in Oscar Wilde’s hilarious and touching ghost-story/romance/comedy – especially as it will mean working again with Hugh Laurie after all these years. The standard and style of the animation will be astounding and the voice talent unmatched in what I am certain will be, the cliché is unavoidable, an unmissable experience for all the family.”
Content’s Jamie Carmichael said, “Take one bone rattling Canterville Ghost, add a dollop of Fry, a slice of Laurie and the result is pure, perfect, hilarious magic. Robert, Gina and Kim have created an extraordinarily wonderful world and Content is thrilled to be a part of it.”
Producers Robert Chandler and Gina Carter commented, “’The Canterville Ghost’ has been made as a live-action feature over the years with such actors as Sir John Gielgud, Charles Laughton and David Niven playing the famous ghost, but it has never been made as an animated movie. The animation allows us to emphasize the comedy and the epic qualities of Sir Simon’s journey. The hauntings will be magnificently visual; the humor laugh-out-loud; the love story at its centre deeply moving.”