Though David Koepp is known more for his scripts (War of the Worlds, Spider-Man, Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible) than his directorial efforts (Secret Window, Stir of Echoes), it's my belief that he'd eventually like to become a one-man army -- writing and directing blockbuster after blockbuster. I mean, why be Steven Spielberg's right-hand man when you can compete alongside him with your own epic big-screen adventure? In order to do so, however, he'll have to prove he has what it takes to deliver a ginormous high-concept comedy first. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Dreamworks has tapped Koepp to direct his first big-screen comedic effort, Ghost Town, off a script he co-wrote with John Kamps.
Not only that, but Greg Kinnear and Ricky Gervais have signed on to star. Labeled a romantic comedy, story revolves around a dentist who, after some sort of near-death experience, becomes equipped with the ability to communicate with dead people who then decide to ask the dentist to help them contact the living. No word yet on who will play who (or if Patrick Swayze will make a cameo appearance), but I suspect Kinnear will portray the dentist while Gervais might be one of the bothersome dead folks. Back in 2005, Dreamworks reportedly paid $2 million for Ghost Town, which was only a pitch at the time. Was it worth the money? Only time will tell; pic is currently eyeing an October start date.