Uni buys 'Mostly Ghostly' world rights

1st live pic from Indian toon house stars Ali Lohan and Noah Cyrus

NEW DELHI--Universal Studios Home Entertainment has bought worldwide distribution rights to "Mostly Ghostly," the live action feature debut from India's Toonz Animation, the Trivandrum, South India-based company said Monday.

Slated for a Halloween release, the $3.6 million film is based on the books by R. L. Stine, which chronicle the adventures of 11-year-old outcast Max as he protects Nicky and Tara, the sibling ghosts who live in his house, from fume-spewing demon called Phears.

"Mostly Ghostly" was directed and co-written by Rich Correll (co-creator of "Hannah Montana") and produced by Yvonne Bernard, Arthur Cohen and Steve Stabler. Co-writer Pat Proft's credits include "Scary Movie 3," "Scary Movie 4" and "The Naked Gun" series.

Among the cast, the film introduces Ali Lohan ("Living Lohan") and Hannah Montana’s younger sister Noah Cyrus in their feature debuts.

"We are ecstatic at this deal which would complement our efforts to deliver an innovative entertainment experience to audiences across the globe. We are hopeful that 'Mostly Ghostly' will be well received by children as well as adults alike," said Toonz CEO P. Jayakumar who also serves as one of the film's executive producers.

Established in 1999, Toonz employs over 500 artists. Clients include Disney, Cartoon Network, BBC TV, Hallmark and Marvel, among others. In May 2007, the company pacted with London-based First Serve International to co-produce animation series "Wolverine," based on Marvel's "X-Men" character, for BBC kids channel CBeebies.