New Line’s signed directors on a pair of high-profile projects, attaching Neil Jordan on future fantasy “Killing on Carnival Row” and Mark S. Waters on romantic comedy “The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”
Jordan’s also set to do a rewrite on “Killing on Carnival Row,” which Arnold and Anne Kopelson will produce through their Kopelson Entertainment banner. New Line acquired “Carnival” in late 2005, preemptively buying Travis Beacham’s spec centered on a Victorian city inhabited by humans, faeries, elves and vampires, with a detective pursuing a serial killer.
Jordan wrote and directed “Breakfast on Pluto,” which recently won him Irish Film & Television Academy Awards in both categories. He also helmed Warner Bros.’ upcoming “The Brave One,” with Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard.
New Line tapped Matthew McConaughey last summer to topline “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” produced by Jon Shestack. Mini-major’s aiming for Waters, who’s in final negotiations, to begin lensing the pic early next year.
New Line acquired “Ghosts” out of turnaround from Disney, which developed it for several years. McConaughey will portray a bachelor who goes to his younger brother’s wedding and gets visited by the ghosts of his past girlfriends.
Scott Moore and John Lucas penned the script. Brad Epstein who had been the production exec at Disney, will also be a producer on the movie.
Waters recently completed shooting on action-fantasy “The Spiderwick Chronicles” for Paramount and Nickelodeon. Other credits include “Mean Girls” and “Just Like Heaven.”
Jordan and Waters are repped by CAA.