Christopher Columbus directing ‘Hello Ghost’

'Harry Potter' director remaking hit Korean film

Christopher Columbus is planning to develop a remake of Korean film Hello Ghost.

The Korean version was a hit last year, despite many critics noting that the film was similar in plot to 1993 Robert Downey Jr movie Heart and Souls. That film concerned a man who has to help four ghosts solve problems to let them enter heaven.

The Harry Potter director told Deadline.com: “After watching Hello Ghost I was immediately struck by the film’s ability to mix comedy, drama and complex emotional themes. Its strong universal storyline translates to any culture, and I’m looking forward to bringing a version of this wonderful story to the English-speaking audience.”

Hello Ghost tells the story of a man who wants to commit suicide. After several failed attempts, he begins to see four spirits: a cigarette-smoking cab driver, a child with a craving for sweets, a young woman who can’t stop crying and an alcoholic grandfather. All four have something they need to realise before they can pass on to the other side.

The last film Columbus directed was 2010’s Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.