Right on the eve of Real Steel‘s theatrical release, we’re learning from THR that Robert Zemeckis will be adding another producing credit to his belt, this time a “period Ghostbusters” named Charles Fort. The film is semi-based on the real experiences of the actual Charles Fort, a researcher of paranormal events (or anomalist) that mainly worked in the first half of the 20th century and inspired many researchers of his kind to the modern day. Where this is really taking an influence from is the Dark Horse comic Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained, a series created by R.I.P.D. writer Peter M. Lenkov.
That four-issue run of comics had Fort working with an alien to solve a series of murders in New York City circa 1899. High-concept, sure, but remember the subject matter. One of the main characters of the story, and a frequent assistant of the protagonist, is H.P. Lovecraft — kind of appropriate, since Zemeckis directed Forrest Gump, a film that used many historical and cultural figures as side characters and influences on the plot. (Okay, maybe not that strong of a connection; you knew what I meant.)
Evan Spiliotopoulos, the scribe behind the forthcoming Snow White and the Huntsman, will be adapting for Universal and Zemeckis‘ recently transplated ImageMovers; this is the first project for the company under the studio’s watch. Finding the right director to nail down the tone and period setting is the really crucial aspect of this pre-production — but what we know so far is enough to leave me optimistic. So long as Zemeckis doesn’t use this as a new spot for his motion-capture silliness, that is.
Have you read Lenkov’s comic? If so, would it lend itself well to a film?
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