Producers Option Matheson’s “Earthbound”

Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have optioned the film rights to “I Am Legend” and “Stir of Echoes” author Richard Matheson’s novel “Earthbound” says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows a married man having an affair with a young woman who turns out to be a ghost driven by motives more sinister than romantic.

The pair and Keri Selig will produce while Ronnie Christensen (“Passengers,” “Locked In”) will adapt the screenplay.

The project does not fall under their first-look deal at Dreamworks, rather its being developed in conjunction with Imagenation Abu Dhabi (“The Way Back,” “The Beaver”).