(Los Angeles, California--December 5, 2014) Matthew Vaughn's MARV Films has acquired the motion picture rights to the ghostgirl series of young adult novels written by author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley, it was announced today by producers Matthew Vaughn and Valerie Van Galder, who will team up to bring the series to screen.
Critically acclaimed ghostgirl became an instant New York Times best selling book series and was embraced by young fans around the world. The novel, from Little Brown and Company, is published in more than 20 languages in nearly 30 countries. In Latin America ghostgirl series has sold more than 1 million copies and in some cases is second in popularity only to the Twilight series of books.
In ghostgirl, high school senior Charlotte Usher feels invisible at school, and then one day she really is. Even worse: she's dead. And all because of a guy and a gummy bear. Satirical yet heartfelt, ghostgirl explores the invisibility we all feel at time and the lengths we'll go to to be seen.
"I am beyond thrilled to have ghostgirl in the hands of such creative, capable and passionate filmmakers," said ghostgirl author Tonya Hurley. "I'm a raging Matthew Vaughn fan and I look forward to working with him, Val, and the whole team at Marv. To see Charlotte Usher come to life is a dream come true for me and for all the devoted ghostgirl fans around the world."
Said Van Galder, "Five years ago I spotted “ghostgirl" on a shelf and I was immediately drawn to everything about it. Tonya Hurley and I formed an instant kinship as both relate to outsiders and are immensely grateful we did not peak in high school. Tonya spent those five years telling Charlotte Usher's story in five separate books, building a passionate and dedicated fan base who are now eagerly awaiting this next chapter in Charlotte's afterlife. Matthew and I are looking forward to joining Charlotte's journey."
Matthew Vaughn is a leading filmmaker who has produced, written and directed an impressive array of films. He began his career as producer with Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, which starred Brad Pitt and received wide acclaim. Through his production company, MARV Films, Vaughn debuted as a director with Layer Cake, which starred Daniel Craig. Vaughn followed that up by directing and co-writing with his writing partner Jane Goldman, Stardust, which starred Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. In 2009, Vaughn produced Harry Brown, which starred Michael Caine. 2010 saw Vaughn producing and writing The Debt, which starred Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, and directing, producing and writing Kick-Ass. In 2011 Vaughn wrote and directed X-Men: First Class and in 2012 wrote and produced Kick-Ass 2. His next film, Kingsman:The Secret Service opens this February.
Van Galder and Vaughn first worked together on 'Snatch," which she was responsible for bringing to Sony's Screen Gems label. They resumed their professional relationship when she joined Marv as a consultant on Kick Ass' in 2009. An award-winning marketing specialist who has run marketing departments at Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Entertainment, Van Galder is also a former production chief of the TriStar Pictures label. Most recently she ran marketing at New Regency, working alongside Fox Searchlight on last year's Oscar winning '12 Years A Slave.’