Robert Zemeckis Adapting Dark Horse Comics’ Early Ghost Hunter Charles Fort

Robert ZemeckisYou can’t turn on the TV nowadays without running into some show about ghost hunters (mostly kids and adults who should know better running around in the dark with cameras), the paranormal (yes, there is definitely a monster in your basemen), or faux “scientists” trying to explain the unexplainable (and even some explainable) things and events from history away on aliens. (No, genius, aliens didn’t build the Great Wall of China in order to fight an intergalactic war.) They’re everywhere, even on the History Channel, which is embarrassing, but there you have it.

So who was one of the first guys to see ghosts and aliens and other assorted paranormal shenanigans in everything? Apparently his name was Charles Fort, and Robert Zemeckis wants to tell his life story. Heat Vision describes Fort thusly:

Charles Fort was an early-twentieth-century American researcher and writer whose focus was “anomalous phenomena” and the unexplained. Books Fort wrote such as The Book of the Damned (1919) and New Lands (1923) were some of the first to explore everything from levitation and teleportation to alien abduction and other paranormal pursuits. Fort was essentially a curious skeptic who enjoyed collecting data to support explanations for things that he felt were no less possible than the scientifically accepted ones.

The movie will be based on the 4-issue Dark Horse Comics limited series called “Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained” by Peter Lenkov and Frazer Irving, which turned Fort into an “adventurous investigator tangling with aliens and murderers in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century New York City.”

Basically, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls” or thereabouts?

In any case, Evan Spiliotopoulos is scripting the movie, with Zemeckis producing for Universal Pictures. No word if he’ll direct as well.

Fort Prophet of the Unexplained Comic Book Cover