'Graveyard,' 'Demon,' 'Pizza' on duo's slate

Months after inking a development deal, Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures and Korean shingle CJ Entertainment are moving forward with three horror films this year.

The two companies plan to produce a bigscreen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book,” which Neil Jordan is writing and will direct. Project revolves around an orphan raised by ghosts.

CJ Entertainment will co-finance and distrib the pic in South Korea and Japan. Wayfare Entertainment, Framestore and Gaiman, whose “Coraline” bowed in theaters last year, will also produce.

Columbus will pen “Carpe Demon,” based on Julie Kenner’s “Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom,” about a stay-at-home mother who is charged with cleaning up her demon-ridden small town. Scribes Kevin and Dan Hageman, and Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris had previously taken stabs at the script.

Adam Green (“Hatchet”) will pen “Killer Pizza,” an action comedy about a 14-year-old who lands a summer job at Killer Pizza, which is a front for a monster-hunting organization.

Project is based on Greg Taylor’s novel and will be produced by Raffaella de Laurentiis through her shingle.

CJ Entertainment inked a three-year development deal with 1492 in November. As part of the first-look deal, CJ gets the rights to distrib the pics in South Korea, Japan and China. 1492 also has a similar co-production and first-look deal with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment.

“The projects we are developing together meet our shared goal of producing movies for the global marketplace,” Columbus said. ” We see this as just the beginning of many terrific movies together.”

1492 Pictures was formed in 1994 by Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. It recently produced Fox’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.”

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