Philip Seymour Hoffman to direct ghost story

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is to return to the director’s seat for the ghost story Ezekiel Moss, for Mandalay Pictures.

Hoffman previously directed and starred in Jack Goes Boating for Overture Films, and is currently getting rave reviews for his lead role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.

Keith Bunin’s script follows a rural American boy who befriends a drifter who claims he is able to communicate with the dead.

No cast have been confirmed or rumoured yet and the script appeared on the 2011 Black List – annual ranking of the year’s most-talked-about unproduced screenplays. This list has the power to allow unknown screenwriters to work with major studios, which is how Diablo Cody, who wrote Juno, managed to get her big break

The New York born actor, 45, is currently filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will see him play Plutarch Heavensbee.

Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman, who acquired the rights to the film, said in a statement: “Hoffman is one of the great talents of our generation.

“We are thrilled to be in his capable hands directing this captivating and gothic exploration of faith and the supernatural.”

Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Cathy Schulman of Mandalay Pictures will produce along with Stefanie Azpiazu of Likely Story, Adam Stone of Mandalay Pictures and Emily Ziff of Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions.

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