Hugh Jackman Visits Ghostopolis

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

With X-Men Origins: Wolverine having a huge (Hugh-ge?) opening this weekend it looks like Hugh Jackman just might be a legitimate movie star after all. He seems intent on proving this by planning to produce (through his company, Seed Productions) and starring in Ghostopolis.

The supernatural film is currently set up at Disney and is based on a graphic novel by Doug TenNapel.

It sort of sounds a bit like Ghostbusters meets Van Helsing – which might not be that good an idea. Having said that, the synopsis of the film from The Hollywood Reporter does sound pretty neat:

“The story centers on a man who works for the government’s Supernatural Immigration Task Force. His job is to send ghosts who have escaped into our world back to Ghostopolis. When a living boy accidentally is sent to the other side, the agent must team with a female ghost (and former flame) to bring him back.”

As long as CGI is kept to a minimum and the script is up to scratch, this should be an enjoyable big budget piece of entertainment. It’ll be interesting to see if audiences can accept Jackman outside the role of Wolverine. In the past ten years he’s been in a lot of films (and done a lot of theater) but he’s not really had a solo hit outside of the X-Men brand name. He attempted to branch out in 2004 with Van Helsing and the film was supposed to launch a franchise and a spin-off television series, but following a big opening the box office trailed off and the critics were far from supportive of the film.

That’s not to say that there isn’t audience good will. Everyone seems to like Jackman – women love him, men admire him and everyone in-between has a combination of the above.

With no director or writer attached, Ghostopolis is quite a while a way yet, but I can only imagine any film in development with Jackman’s name is going to be fast tracked following the $87 million opening weekend of Wolverine.

More on Ghostopolis when we get it.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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  1. After watching Jackman in Wolverine.. seeing him promote the film..the Oscars etc.. I can guarantee you.. I WILL DEF be keeping my eye out for this one.

    He seams like a genuinely nice guy. Not afraid to work outside of the box.. And it’s because of this that he keeps me coming back for more. How can anyone not like this guy? He’s sooooo LOVE ABLE.. a big ~ sweet ~fuzzy Koala HUNK
    And his work is always honest and entertaining..

  2. Doug Tennapel. The same guy of Earthworm Jim fame? Awesome, he’s a great artist with lots of imagination although I haven’t read any of his graphic novels as they aren’t particularly easy to find. I believe the graphic novel hasn’t come out yet but probably will later this summer.

  3. he may be a nice guy but his movies are crappy(except 2 first X men and the Prestige)!

  4. He’s a good Wolverine and he was pretty good in The Prestige, I’d say he’s a good actor.

  5. I know a lot of the guys didn’t like X-men Origins: Wolverine, mostly because they’re Marvel/Wolverine geeks(my brother included) but I loved it. And I enjoy Hugh Jackman. Van Helsing wasn’t bad because of Hugh–it just didn’t flow right. He’s good in whatever he does.

    Far as Ghostopolis, I plan on seeing it. Concept’s not original, but it sounds entertaining.

  6. 1) Van Helsing did $300 million. You can’t call that a flop as far as it concerns box-office.

    2) The Fountain, Scoop, The Prestige, none of these movies were supposed to be box-office hits. C’mon guys! Give the man a break!

    3) Jackman IS a good actor. In his movies, whether are good or bad, he is never the weak part of them. Australia maybe was a flop but if you read the reviews, his performance was regarded as one of the the positives of this movie. The same with Kate & Leopold (he got a Golden Globe nomination for that one)

    4) He’s not just a good actor but also an amazing singer/dancer. A superb Oscar host, and that’s something most people agreed with. Also, have you ever seen him on YOUTUBE doing The Boy from Oz, Oklahoma! or Carousel? He is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

    Consesus: Hugh Jackman is one of the most talented and likeable superstars of today. And when you give him a pair of adamantium claws he is also one of the most bankable. So yeah! I’ll definetely see that Ghostopolis thing. Sice Hugh stars, I’ll all in.

  7. Er, I meant: “Since Hugh stars, I’m all in”. Sorry. I was rushing…

  8. So I guess nobody here has ever played the classic 16-bit earthworm jim video games? sigh…those were some of greatest and hilarious 2d side scrollers of the 90s.

    Honestly if it weren’t for this being based on a Tennapel graphic novel I wouldn’t be interested in this at all. I like Hugh Jackman as an actor but will not run to watch every single of his movies.

    Van Helsing was one of the most unintentionally funny movies I’ve ever seen. It’s one of those so bad, it’s good movies. Plus it had Kate Beckinsale who I would watch in almost anything. I guess many women feel the same way about Hugh.