Tom McGrath, an occasional penguin voice artist and the director of both Megamind and the Madagascar trilogy, is in talks to direct the celluloid adaptation of the classic British TV show Rentaghost. The original TV series which it will be based on is relatively unknown outside of the U.K. and even within the U.K., it is only really known by the generation who grew up with it upon its original airing from 1976 to 1984.
The film will follow the central storyline of the original series, which concerned the life of a deceased loser who decides to set up a job agency for fellow ghosts with failed lives.
Stiller has signed on to take over for Russell Brand, though his role has yet to be revealed. However, it’s expected that he will likely portray the central character.
No other actors have yet been announced just yet but Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant have been hired to script the film. The duo also scripted Stiller’s Night at the Museum movies, which were box office hits and great family friendly fun.
Rentaghost will be Tom McGrath’s first live action film. Seeing as Megamind was genuinely great and the Madagascar films are always enjoyable, I look forward to seeing how he the director handles the change in mediums. If he can channel the magic from his last film, and maybe even voice another penguin, then Rentaghost should be turn out to be pretty enjoyable.