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PRINCIPAL photography began last week on Ghost Stories, a supernatural thriller based on the original Olivier-nominated stage production.

The film is co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (writer The League of Gentlemen, Psychobitches) and Andy Nyman (The Commuter, Severance), who co-wrote and directed the original stage production.

Nyman also leads the cast, reprising his role as Professor Goodman alongside Paul Whitehouse (Alice in Wonderland, Harry & Paul, The Fast Show), Alex Lawther (Black Mirror, Old Boys, The Imitation Game) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise, Fargo, Sherlock).

The plot follows Phillip Goodman, professor of psychology, arch-skeptic, the one-man ‘belief buster’, as he has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave.

His mentor Charles Cameron, the ‘original’ TV parapsychologist, went missing 15 years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must meet. Cameron, it seems, is still very much alive.

And he needs Goodman to find a rational explanation for three stories that have shaken Cameron to his core. As Goodman investigates, he meets three haunted people, each with a tale more frightening, uncanny and inexplicable than the last.

Principal photography began on October 24, 2016 and is scheduled to last for five weeks in Yorkshire.

Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman said of the project: “Over half a million people have seen the play and now we are beyond excited to be bringing the film version of Ghost Stories to life. We adore supernatural thrillers and will be doing our utmost to ensure we give our audience an unforgettable experience that makes them laugh, scream and haunts their dreams.”

Martin Freeman added: “I’m delighted to be on board Ghost Stories. Andy and Jeremy’s script is funny, scary and extremely surprising. And they have amazing taste in actors.”

Jeremy Dyson is best known as a member of sketch comedy team The League of Gentlemen along with Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, which started as a stage act and went on to become a BAFTA Award-winning TV series. He also co-wrote and directed Sky Arts hit series Psychobitches, which won the 2015 Rose D’or for Best Comedy.

Andy Nyman’s acting career has included roles in many films including The Commuter, Death at a Funeral, Kick Ass 2, Severance, Automata and Black Death. TV credits include Peaky Blinders, Dead Set, Ballot Monkeys and Power Monkeys.

Nyman is a co-writer and director of magician and illusionist Derren Brown’s TV and stage shows, including Russian Roulette, Séance and Messiah. Their collaborations have been nominated for and won both BAFTA and Olivier awards.

The stage production of Ghost Stories broke box office records when it opened at the Liverpool Playhouse and Lyric Hammersmith before transferring to the West End’s Duke of York’s theatre and later playing Toronto, Moscow, Sydney, Shanghai and Lima, Peru.

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