Shooting is underway on  GHOST STORIES, our feature film adaptation of the Olivier-nominated stage production.

Phillip Goodman, professor of psychology, arch-skeptic, the one-man ‘belief buster’ – has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave. His mentor Charles Cameron, the ‘original’ TV parapsychologist went missing fifteen years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must meet. Cameron, it seems, is still very much alive. And he needs Goodman to find a rational explanation for three stories that have shaken Cameron to his core. As Goodman investigates, he meets three haunted people, each with a tale more frightening, uncanny and inexplicable than the last.

The stage production of Ghost Stories broke box office records when it opened at the Liverpool Playhouse and Lyric Hammersmith before transferring to the West End’s Duke of York’s theatre and later playing Toronto, Moscow, Sydney, Shanghai and Lima, Peru. You can see audience reactions to the spooky tale here.

Andy Nyman (The CommuterSeverance) leads the cast, reprising his role as Professor Goodman alongside Paul Whitehouse (Alice in Wonderland, Harry & Paul, The Fast Show), Alex Lawther (Black Mirror, Old Boys, The Imitation Game) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Fargo, Sherlock).

Martin Freeman said:

“I’m delighted to be on board Ghost Stories. Andy and Jeremy’s script is funny, scary and extremely surprising. And they have amazing taste in actors”.

The film is co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, who said:

“Over half a million people have seen the play and now we are beyond excited to be bringing the film version of ‘Ghost Stories’ to life. We adore supernatural thrillers and will be doing our utmost to ensure we give our audience an unforgettable experience that makes them laugh, scream and haunts their dreams”.

Jeremy Dyson is best known as a member of sketch comedy team The League of Gentlemen along with Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith which started as a stage act and went on to become a BAFTA Award-winning TV series. He also co-wrote and directed Sky Arts hit series Psychobitches, which won the 2015 Rose D’or for Best Comedy.

Andy Nyman’s acting career has included roles in many films including Death at a Funeral, Kick Ass 2, Severance, Automata and Black Death. TV credits include Dead Set, Ballot Monkeys and Power Monkeys. Nyman is a co-writer and director of magician and illusionist Derren Brown’s TV and stage shows including Russian Roulette, Séance, and Messiah. Their collaborations have been nominated for and won both BAFTA and Olivier awards.

Claire Jones (Sightseers, Kill List), and Robin Gutch (’71, Kill List) are producing for Warp Films. The film is also backed by  Screen Yorkshire. Altitude Film Sales is handling worldwide sales. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the UK/Eire. Principal photography began on October 24th and is scheduled to last for 5 weeks in Yorkshire.

Read about it on Screen and Empire.