Peacock Developing Darker, Live-Action Take On Casper

by Thomas Tuna

Casper the Friendly Ghost as a horror story? OK, what’s wrong with this picture?

As bizarre as it seems, that’s exactly what Peacock is working on, according to a report on Deadline. A Casper live-action “horror-adventure series” is being planned, and a screenwriter is on board.

Executive producer and writer Kai Yu Wu (Netflix’s The Ghost Bride) will tackle the job of reimagining the origin of the famous cartoon ghost “in a coming-of-age story that explores what it means to be alive.”

The series–which does not yet have a debut window–will follow a family who arrives in the small town of Eternal Falls, where Casper “finds himself entangled in a mystery” as he uncovers “dark secrets that have been buried for more than 100 years,” according to the logline.

Casper was featured in 55 Famous Studios theatrical cartoons from 1945-1959 and has starred in Harvey Comics titles since 1952. Following Harvey’s purchase of the fan-favorite character, he appeared in five TV series and a Universal Pictures feature in 1995.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this decidedly different treatment of Casper the Friendly Ghost.


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