Lopez-Gallego sees 'Ghost' at Vantage


Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego is attached to direct the Paramount Vantage project "A Jealous Ghost," which Kirsten Dunst is starring in and producing.

Ben Forkner, Eric Kranzler and Daniel Rappaport of Film 360, the production arm of Management 360, are producing.

Screenwriter Megan Holley, who adapted the A.N. Wilson novel, is doing another short pass on the script before Vantage hopes to push it into production.

Wilson's 2005 novel describes a young American woman who travels to London to write a dissertation on Henry James' classic ghost tale, "The Turn of the Screw," only to find that her own circumstances begin to reflect the strange happenings of the story.

This literary horror project could be a priority for the newly reconstituted Vantage, which is looking to reshape its image. In July, the specialty division's marketing, physical production and distribution departments were woven into those of Paramount proper, and the staff was requisitely streamlined. Its next film, the Keira Knightley starrer "The Duchess," bows Friday.

Lopez-Gallego, repped by Paradigm, was featured as one of the 10 Latino filmmakers to watch in The Hollywood Reporter's Aug. 20 issue. A writer and editor as well, Lopez-Gallego made several short films before he co-wrote and directed "King of the Hill," a feature that has been touring the festival circuit since last year. (partialdiff)