A decade after being unceremoniously kicked out of the director’s chair on Pixar’s Brave, Brenda Chapman is making a semi-comeback to animation. She is set to write and direct a new hybrid feature, Ghost Squad, based on Claribel Ortega’s forthcoming novel of the same name.
The official synopsis is as follows:
For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business. Ghost Squad follows Lucely and her best friend, Syd, two outcast kids living in the famously old St. Augustine, Florida. In efforts to right a past wrong-doing, the pair casts a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits right before Halloween. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witchy grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town — and Lucely’s firefly ancestors — before it’s too late.
The film is being produced by Scholastic Entertainment, Josephson Entertainment, and ‘Twas Entertainment. The last company was founded by Chapman and her husband Kevin Lima, who worked alongside her at Disney in the 1980s and 1990s. He went on to direct the likes of Tarzan and 102 Dalmatians, while Chapman left for Dreamworks, where she co-directed The Prince of Egypt, thus becoming the first woman to helm an animated feature at a major studio.