Hugh Jackman is probably a little desperate. That sounds like a funny thing to say about a guy whose new movie opened at almost 90 million (and that’s just domestic), but think about it: the only Hugh Jackman movies that make money feature him with claws coming out of his knuckles. Is Hugh Jackman a star or is Wolverine a star?

He’s definitely trying to prove that he’s a star, and his latest attempt to convince us of that might be Ghostopolis, based on an upcoming graphic novel by Doug TenNapel. The film is set up at Disney and Jackman is attached, as well as producing. Here’s the Hollywood Reporter synopsis, torn straight from a studio press release:

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.


On paper it doesn’t sound too special, but it’s Doug TenNapel, a guy who earned a lot of slack from me with books like Creature Tech and Tommysaurus Rex. But that means I think the book’ll be good… what about the movie? And will Jackman try to get TenNapel to draw claws on his character’s knuckles? Can Hugh Jackman possibly get himself another franchise off the ground, or is he going to be known for just this one character forever? To be continued!

via Hollywood Reporter