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Matthew Vaughn Buys ‘Ghostgirl’ Movie Rights

Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films has acquired the motion picture rights to the “Ghostgirl” series of young adult novels by author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley.

Vaughn and Valerie Van Galder will team up to produce.

“Ghostgirl,” published in 2008 by Little Brown and Company, centers on a high school senior who is desperate to be popular even after her death — from choking on a Gummi Bear. Subsequent titles have included “Ghostgirl: Homecoming,”  “Ghostgirl: Lovesick” and a Spanish-language installment “Dia de Muertos.”

The books have been published in 20 languages. The Latin America “Ghostgirl” has sold more than 1 million copies.

“I am beyond thrilled to have ‘Ghostgirl’ in the hands of such creative, capable and passionate filmmakers,” said Hurley.

Vaughn debuted as a director with “Layer Cake,” followed by “Stardust.” He produced “Harry Brown” and “The Debt” and directed, produced and wrote “Kick-Ass,” before writing and directing “X-Men: First Class” and writing and producing “Kick-Ass 2.”

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