Tonya Hurley’s book series heading to the big screen…

‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘Kick-Ass’ director Matthew Vaughn and his production banner, Marv Films, have acquired the feature film rights to author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley’s bestselling series of ‘Ghostgirl’ books.

The first book in the series was published in 2008. It centres on Charlotte Usher, a high school senior and misfit outsider whose desperation to be popular lives on even after her sudden death – choking on a Gummy Bear.

Vaughn will produce the adaptations with marketing-executive-turned-producer Valerie Van Galder.

“I am beyond thrilled to have ‘Ghostgirl’ in the hands of such creative, capable and passionate filmmakers,” said Hurley. “I’m a raging Matthew Vaughn fan and I look forward to working with him, Val, and the whole team at Marv. To see Charlotte Usher come to life is a dream come true for me and for all the devoted ‘Ghostgirl’ fans around the world.”

Van Galder added, “Five years ago I spotted ‘Ghostgirl’ on a shelf, and I was immediately drawn to everything about it. Tonya Hurley and I formed an instant kinship as both relate to outsiders and are immensely grateful we did not peak in high school. Tonya spent those five years telling Charlotte Usher’s story in five separate books, building a passionate and dedicated fan base who are now eagerly awaiting this next chapter in Charlotte’s afterlife.”

Below is a stop motion animation trailer for the bestselling books that was screened at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

Vaughn’s next directorial offering, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ hits Irish cinemas February 2015.