'Ghost' story for Gervais, Kinnear


Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear are teaming to star in DreamWorks' romantic comedy "Ghost Town."

Steven Spielberg's go-to screenwriter David Koepp ("War of the Worlds," "Indiana Jones 4") will direct from a script he penned with John Kamps. The studio created a splash when it paid a reported $2 million for Koepp and Kamps' pitch in March 2005.

The story centers on a dentist who dies briefly during routine dental surgery and gains the ability to see dead people who ask him for help in contacting the living.

The studio is eyeing an October start date.

Gavin Polone ("Panic Room") is producing.

DreamWorks' Adam Goodman and David Beaubaire are overseeing for the studio.

Gervais, repped by Endeavor, is best known for starring and creating the TV comedies "The Office" (British version) and "Extras." He most recently appeared on the big screen in a cameo in "Night at the Museum" and will appear in Paramount's upcoming fantasy "Stardust."

CAA-repped Kinnear most recently starred in "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Fast Food Nation."