Let’s be honest, if there were anyone I’d like to sit me down in the dark and tell me a ghost story, it would be Philip Seymour Hoffman. A bit of a phantom himself, it’s just not that Hoffman disappears into his roles, he finds a way to embody them completely while always bringing that classic PSH mix of voracity and charm. (I mean, just think about the difference between Scotty J. in Boogie Nights and his turn as Lancaster Dodd in The Master.) But acting is just one of the many hats Hoffman wears—and we know the man likes a hat. When not captivating our movie screens, he can usually be found in the theater, acting or directing—most recently playing the iconic role of Willy Loman in the Mike Nichols-directed Death of a Salesman on Broadway. As a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, Hoffman has been lending his talents to the stage for decades now, but it wasn’t until 2010’s Jack Goes Boating that marked his directorial film debut.
And now, fresh off critical praise and Oscar-buzz from his frighteningly good performance inThe Master, Hoffman is slated to direct Ezekiel Moss, a Depression-era gothic ghost tale for Mandalay Pictures. According to Variety, the script by In Treatment’s Keith Bunin follows “a young, imaginative boy living in a small town who befriends a mysterious drifter who may have the ability to communicate with the dead.”
"Hoffman is one of the great talents of our generation," professed Cathy Schulman of Mandalay Pictures. “We are thrilled to be in his capable hands directing this captivating and gothic exploration of faith and the supernatural." As of yet, that’s about all the information that’s been released on the project, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being anything less than intrigued.