Need to arrange for something spooky? Call Russell Brand.
The "Arthur" star is going into business for himself as he takes on the title role of the new horror comedy, "Hauntrepreneur," according to Variety.
"Hauntrepreneur" will feature Brand as an eccentric and self-styled businessman who's hired by a new family to help them fit in after they move to a small town. Realizing that the family itself needs to come together before they can branch out, he conjures up a radical form of interactive family bonding: a haunted house full of oddball characters.
The project is being set up at Platinum Dunes, the production company co-founded by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form as a home for low-budget genre films such as the remakes of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "The Amityville Horror." "Hauntrepreneur" seems like new ground for Platinum, because ... well, it sounds like it could be pretty funny -- it's being described as similar in tone and scope to "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Beetlejuice."
"Hauntrepreneur" is the first project that Russell Brand has attached himself to since announcing his impending divorce from Katy Perry. He's currently in pre-production on Diablo Cody's untitled film and will next be seen in "Rock of Ages," opening June 1.
Brand's co-stars haven't been announced yet, so stay tuned for news on who will be a part of the haunted family. Production on "Hauntrepreneur" will commence later this year.