Pictured: A ghost. Image: Creepyhalloweenimages.com

Last month, writer Geoff Manaugh published Ernest, a short story about a ghost, for Vice. Today, that story has been optioned by Hollywood and is being turned into a movie.

Deadline reports that Legendary Pictures has secured the rights to Ernest, and set Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, the Paranormal Activity series) to adapt the story and direct the film.

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Ernest is the fictional story of man who finds a ghost in his house that he thinks looks like Ernest Borgnine. He takes videos of the ghost, puts them online, and it becomes a viral sensation, even making its way onto Jimmy Kimmel Live. However, when a student hired to help spread the word about Ernest disappears, things take an odd turn.

The full short story is here on the Vice owned-site Motherboard if you’d like to read it. It’s a fun idea that mixes a few genres, and Landon has done plenty of that in his career. In addition to Happy Death Day, which is certainly a blend of genres, he did Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which isn’t great, but is a great mix of ideas. Ernest sounds like it could be that and more.

[Deadline]

*Correction: The story is on Motherboard, which is owned by Vice but runs independently. We’ve added that to the piece.