Graphic novel centers on debunking of haunted-house legend

Scott Hampton’s supernatural graphic novel “Trespassers” is headed toward the bigscreen with Ryan E. Heppe producing and Bob Gale (“Back to the Future”) on board to adapt.

Story centers on a group of mythbusters, set on debunking the legend of a famous allegedly haunted house. They have their scientific rationality tested when they discover demonic guardians, a gateway to hell and the fact that not all of them are exactly who they claim to be.

“A good horror flick needs one thing: a simple, original premise that’s terrifying as hell,” Heppe said. “Add to that obvious franchise potential, and the opportunity to combine “found footage”-style scares with traditional filmmaking frights and you’ve got something really unique.”

Hampton wrote and drew “The Upturned Stone,” which David Foster, Shane Riches and Heppe set up twice at Dimension Films. Gale co-wrote the first “Back to the Future” and solely penned its two sequels along with the second “Tales From the Crypt.” He also wrote and directed the film “Interstate 60: Episodes from the Road,” starring Gary Oldman, James Marsden and Amy Smart.

Heppe is remaking “Short Circuit” at Dimension alongside Foster, John Hyde and Brian Manis, with Tim Hill directing. He’s also developing feature versions of “T.J. Hooker” and “V.”

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