The makers of "Scream" buy a new horror project

Hoping to continue its dominance in the horror genre, Dimension Films (the maker of “Scream,” “Scream 2,” and the upcoming “Halloween: H2O”) has purchased the movie rights to the comic book series “Ghosting” from Platinum Studios. The comic books, which will begin appearing next year, take place on a college campus where an extreme form of fraternity and sorority hazing, called ghosting, takes a violent turn. “This is the logical successor to hazing,” says Platinum’s Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who conceived “Ghosting” and is best known for developing “Men in Black” for Sony/Columbia. “Instead of humiliating the pledges, you scare the heck out of them, and in the movie it goes a little bit too far.”

Rosenberg’s goal is to create the next memorable horror film character, like Freddy Krueger of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” fame. “Ours is the first new character to come around in 15 years,” Rosenberg says. “Some of those others — Krueger, Michael Myers [“Halloween”], and Jason [“Friday the 13th] — are older than some of the people who are watching the movies.” But with MGM’s “Disturbing Behavior” and “Halloween: H20” opening soon, plus such scare-fests as Columbia’s “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” Universal’s “Bride of Chucky,” and United Artists’ “Carrie 2” in the pipeline, “Ghosting” could run the risk of overkill by the time it reaches theaters next year. “There’s certainly a lot out there,” acknowledges Rosenberg. “But what’s nice is that the audience is growing. There’s a whole generation of people who grew up watching low-budget horror films on video. With the teen audience back with a bang, I’m not worried about it.”

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