Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn is known for being the brains behind a specific type of film, specifically the ass-kicking comic book kind, having directed and/or produced the Kick-Ass and [Kick-Ass 2](movie:39248) movies, X-Men: First Class, [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), and his upcoming eye-popping good times, [Kingsman: The Secret Service](movie:713143) and [The Fantastic Four](movie:34667) .
But now, Vaughn has set his sights on a different kind of genre, as his Marv Films production company has acquired the rights to Tonya Hurley's ghostgirl series of bestselling young adult novels. He'll be producing alongside veteran Hollywood exec Valerie Van Galder.
The ghostgirl series (yes, it's stylized with a lower-case 'g') follows high school student Charlotte Usher, an outcast who desperately yearns to be popular — that is, until she chokes to death on a Gummi Bear. Rough. She then becomes a ghost and haunts her high school, continuing to be obsessed with the idea of popularity even as she finds herself with new, dead classmates.
Despite some parenting sites raising concerns over language (I'd invite them to come, leap into 2014 with us), the ghostgirl series has reached 10th on the NYT bestsellers list and has been translated into 20 different languages. It seems to have resonated with its audience for exploring grander themes of love, death, obsession and popularity. Not too shabby a YA franchise for Vaughn to try his hand at.
But I'm quite curious, as I've not read the ghostgirl books. Have you? And if you've seen any of Vaughn's work, do you think he's a good match to adapt the novels into films? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.