Love to ride ‘Ghosts’ thriller

Prod'n set for June

Courtney Love is in final negotiations to star in Screen Gems’ “John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars.”

She will star in the thriller opposite Ice Cube. Also joining the cast is Jason Statham (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”).

Set in the future, “Ghosts” concerns human colonists of the Red Planet who must be rescued after becoming possessed by vengeful Martian ghosts. Production is set to begin in June.

Carpenter and Larry Sulkis wrote the script. The title will be released domestically by Sony label Screen Gems, with most overseas territories handled by Columbia TriStar Intl. Screen Gems exec veep Clint Culpepper oversees the project for the studio.

“Ghosts of Mars” will be produced by Carpenter with Sandy King’s Storm King Prods. King also produced Carpenter’s “Vampires,” “Village of the Damned,” “In the Mouth of Madness” and “They Live.”

Love will also star opposite Lili Taylor in the Shooting Gallery’s “Julie Johnson,” directed by Bob Gosse.

Love is repped by ICM and manager Janet Billig. Statham is also repped by ICM.

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