Stephen Fry will play title character of the Canterville Ghost in a new CG animated feature.

Stephen Fry is re-teaming with former comedy partner Hugh Laurie in a new CG animated feature adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s story The Canterville Ghost.

Set in rural, nineteenth century England, the story follows Sir Simon de Canterville’s haunting of Canterville Chase. Stephen Fry will play the titular ghost with Laurie cast as his nemesis, a lowly gardener who is revealed to be Death himself.

Kim Burdon directs. Writers are Keiron Self and Giles New.

Gina Carter and Robert Chandler produce under a Melmoth Films banner alongside Fry’s Sprout Pictures Film and Jerry Hibbert’s new animation company D’Arblay Films. The BFI also backed the project.

It will be animated in London and Toronto, with direction, designs and storyboards from D’Arblay Films in the UK and CG animation from Arc Productions, the studio behind Shane Acker’s 9 and Rocket Pictures’ Gnomeo & Juliet, in Canada. The film will return to London for audio post-production.