Peacock to develop Casper live-action series

A new live-action series about Casper the Friendly Ghost is in development at Peacock.

First reported on variety the series will be written and executive produced by Kai Yu Wu, with UCP and DreamWorks Animation set to co-produce.

The series is described as a horror/adventure show that reimagines the origin of Casper in a coming-of-age story that explores what it means to be alive. When a new family arrives in the small town of Eternal Falls, Casper finds himself entangled in a mystery uncovering dark secrets that have been buried for over 100 years.

The character of Casper was first introduced in a series of short animated films beginning in the 1940s and the Harvey Comics series that bore his name. The character has also been at the centre of multiple television shows, most recently Casper’s Scare School for Canadian network YTV from 2009-2012.

The first Casper live-action film was released in 1995, with Malachi Pearson voicing the character as a ghost and being played by Devon Sawa in human form. Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, and Eric Idle also starred – grossing over $287 million worldwide against a reported budget of $55 million.

Following the success of the 1995 film the live-action films Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy were released. The animated films Casper’s Haunted Christmas and Casper’s Scare School were released in 2000 and 2006 respectively.

Get your copy of Casper 25th Anniversary Edition (DVD & Blu-ray) on Amazon now.

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