Freshman screenwriter Sam Esmail has been hired to adapt children’s comic “The Ghouly Boys” for Mandate Pictures, says The Hollywood Reporter. Lindsay Doran (Nanny McPhee) is producing through her Three Strange Angels.
J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner of Benderspink and Mandate president Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers.
In 2006, Mandate picked up film rights to the spooky and comical graphic-novel series about a quartet of young monster outcasts and their efforts to fit in. Written and drawn by the single-named artist Christopher (Higginson), “Ghouly” was published in 2004 by Slave Labor Graphics.
Esmail’s script will follow two friends — a young boy looking to contact his dead father and a young zombie seeking a way to come back to life — who set off on an adventure.