Warner Bros. Picks Up ‘Haunted’ from ‘Supernatural’ Creator

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 8:45 am,

For six seasons, Eric Kripke has been sharing weekly tales of demons, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night on his popular TV show Supernatural. Now, the writer and producer is taking his talents for the supernatural to the big screen with his new film Haunted. The film, which Kripke wrote and will direct, is being co-produced by Greg Berlanti (who was a co-screenwriter and producer for The Green Lantern) along with Kevin McCormack.

One has to wonder whether Kripke’s involvement with Haunted is partly to explain for his departure from Supernatural. As Screen Rant‘s Anthony Ocasio wrote last year, Kripke quit his day-to-day duties on Supernatural to develop additional TV projects for Warner Bros. As part of that relationship, perhaps Kripke is also branching out to feature films.

According to Variety, Haunted tells the story of a haunted house from the perspective of a ghost. Based on Kripke’s previous work, I’m going to assume that the specter isn’t much like Casper the Friendly Ghost, but it’s too early to say for sure.

Earlier this year, James Wan and Leigh Whannell (the co-creators of the Saw franchise) proved the viability of the haunted house genre when their film Insidious beat out Scream 4 at the box office. Still, as much as I personally loved the movie (see my four star Insidious review), the film didn’t exactly break new ground in the genre.

Hopefully, Haunted, with its ghost as protagonist twist, will offer something new to horror fans (assuming that the movie is in fact a horror film). The question is whether Kripke can make the leap to directing movies from directing TV.

I’ve never watched Supernatural (though the show has  couple of big supporters on the Screen Rant team), so I’d be interested to hear what fans of the series think. Does Kripke have the goods to bring a unique horror story to the big screen?

Source: Variety

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  1. I’d say Yes, I think he does… This should be interesting

  2. I am a huge fan of Kripke’s “Supernatural,” so I’m looking forward to “Haunted.” Sounds interesting; a ghost story told from a ghost’s viewpoint. Love to see some “Supernatural” cast members involved in the movie, even though it apparently isn’t tied to Kripke’s CW series.

  3. I am a HUGE fan of SUPERNATURAL. Eric Kripke, is one of the best writers,directors, creators, of our time. Definitely gonna heck out Haunted. Even Better Yet, LETS HAVE AN ACTUAL SUPERNATURAL BIG SCREEN MOVIE

  4. First and foremost, Rob, start watching Supernatural.

    Good to see Kripke branching out to bigger stuff.

  5. Well he has already released one film

    ‘Boogeyman’
    Wasnt the best film, but I thought it was quite a decent little watch to be honest

  6. Great news, I think he can definitely pull this off!

    Ps. Start watching Supernatural NOW

  7. never watched supernatural ……… NEVER WATCHED SUPERNATURAL

  8. I agree … START watching Supernatural NOW. Only question … how will the co-screenwriter affect the tone and direction of the film? If the film isn’t successful … how much will that be on the shoulders of the co-screenwriter or will they lay the blame solely at Eric’s feet?

  9. Wasnt there a movie a while back with Nicole Kidman with that very idea? Not to say this would have any resemblance to it but the concept of ghost as protagonist has been done before? Hopefully the difference between say that film or sisxth sense is they didnt know they were ghosts until the end. would be interesting to see a ghost who knows from the get go what he/she is then again I suppose beetlejuice could be an example though none of these have been in the horror genre. A movie where we see everything from a malevolent ghost’s perspective would be very interesting.

    • I was about to post the same thing. I think the movie was called The Others, and she didn’t know she was a ghost until the end. Good movie that you could take your kids to.

      • Yep. Was gonna say the same. The ghost-as-protagonist has been done. But as good as Supernatural is, a LOT of its stories were fairly unoriginal, so I can’t say I’m surprised this is the best Kripke can come up with.

    • “A while back” – The Others was released in 2001.

  10. I’ll be in line for Haunted however, I very much wish he never left Supernatural as head writer. :(

  11. Love Supernatural – have very high hopes for new film. He needs very charismatic actors though – that seems to be what makes or breaks his stuff.

  12. I’m more than willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. “Supernatural” is my favorite show on TV, so I naturally am a fan of Mr. Kripke, that doesn’t mean I know he’ll do well, but I have high hopes.

  13. I’ll go see the movie. Kripke is branching out to other projects. However, I still think he’s involved in Supernatural. It’s just not his lone project anymore.

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