‘Ghosted’: Dexter Fletcher’s Apple TV+ Movie Will Mimic ‘Romancing the Stone’ From 1984

Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson will once again come together for an action movie, but this time with some added romance. The Marvel actors will star in the Apple TV+ movie, Ghosted, directed by Dexter Fletcher. Details of the movie are still unclear, but there are reports the storyline will be inspired by the 1984 movie, Romancing the Stone. The romance-action movie starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner and was written by Diane Thomas.

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans 'Ghosted' wearing red dress and suit and tie at premiere
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans attend the premiere of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ | Anthony Harvey via Getty Images)

‘Deadpool’ and ‘Zombieland’ writers join ‘Ghosted’

Dexter Fletcher will direct the Apple+ project. Fletcher is known for directing Bohemian Rhapsody after replacing Bryan Singer in 2018. A year later, Fletcher directed the biographical musical fantasy drama Rocketman. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will join Fletcher as writers for Ghosted. The two writers have worked together on other popular action movies.

Wernick and Reese wrote the scripts for ZombielandG.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Life. More notably, Wernick and Reese are behind the script for Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool and its sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Evans will produce the project with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger of Skydance. Wernick and Reese will also work on the movie as producers.

‘Romance the Stone’ starred Michale Douglas and Kathleen Turner

News of Ghosted has been kept under wraps as there are no details on a start date or the movie’s storyline. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie has a similar feel to the 1984 adventure movie, Romancing the Stone. The movie stars the coveted Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in the lead roles.

Romancing the Stone is about a romance novelist, Joan Wilder (Turner), who is given a mysterious map on the way to meet her editor. She learns it is from her murdered brother-in-law and receives a call from her kidnapped sister. Joan must travel to the coastal city of Cartagena in Colombia with the map. In Colombia, Joan meets Jack T. Colton (Douglas), a rugged American bird hunter. Together they go on a wild and dangerous adventure.

The 1984 movie was Diane Thomas’s only produced screenplay


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Romance the Stone gained some popularity with Douglas and Turner in the lead roles. The movie’s screenplay would be the only work of Diane Thomas to be produced in her lifetime. While writing the movie, she was working as a waitress. Her agent spent less than a week circulating the script when it caught the attention of Douglas and Columbia Pictures.

Douglas was also the movie’s producer and starred in the lead role. The movie did receive a sequel titled The Jewel of the Nile that was unsuccessful. In 1985, Thomas died from a car crash six weeks before the premiere of the sequel. She was busy writing the movie Always for Steven Spielberg and did not have time to write the sequel for Romance the Stone.