Newly established Paramount Vantage has once again reached over to Viacom in order to do a partner project with Comedy Central. Together, the companies have obtained dual rights to the Trey Hamburger supernatural comedy novel, Ghosts/Aliens. Their plan is to develop both as a series and a feature film.
The novel, released in November, revolves around two potheads and their decision to search for both ghosts and aliens and the hijinx that ensues. Executives stated that the projects could be developed simultaneously. Phil Johnston was tagged to write the script.
Regarding producers The Hollywood Reporter indicated:
Scott Aversano, the former MTV/Nick Films execs who recently exited his overall deal on the Paramount lot, will produce with partner Carrie Beck; Aversano was a producer on another key Comedy Central property, the film version of “Team America: World Police.
This is the second collaboration between the network and the specialty unit, the first being Beat Kip. Comedy Central president Lauren Corrao said she plans to continue with this train of development as she aims to expand the networks feature film development.