Robert “Motion-Capture” Zemeckis and Universal Pictures Plotting a “Period Ghostbusters” Film Called ‘Charles Fort’
Memba way back in 2002, the Dark Horse Comics called Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained, which reimagined Fort (an early-twentieth-century American researcher and writer whose focus was “anomalous phenomena”) as an adventurous investigator tangling with aliens and murderers in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century New York City? Seriously, I’m asking. I never read it. Is it good? Bah! I’ll just wait for the movie.
Director Robert Zemeckis is teaming up with Universal Pictures and screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos (Snow White and the Huntsman) to bring us a supernatural feature based on Charles Fort. It’s not clear if the flick will be an adaptation on the Dark Horse Comic, or another fictionalization of the man. However, the film is being described as being a “period Ghostbusters” film. So, there’s that.
THR says that “Charles Fort was an early-twentieth-century American researcher and writer whose focus was “anomalous phenomena” and the unexplained. Books Fort wrote such as The Book of the Damned (1919) and New Lands (1923) were some of the first to explore everything from levitation and teleportation to alien abduction and other paranormal pursuits. Fort was essentially a curious skeptic who enjoyed collecting data to support explanations for things that he felt were no less possible than the scientifically accepted ones.”
I would love to see a new live-action Zemeckis adventure series. Before he became a motion-capture masochist he was a good film maker. I just hope this Fort business will tap into old Zemeckis magic. Say what you will about the man, but he still made the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Forrest Gump.