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Evan Slead
June 21, 2016 AT 11:38 PM EDT

The comedy gloves are off for actor Jim Carrey as he pairs with horror player Eli Roth to develop the horror comic book film adaptation Aleister Arcane.

Carrey is set to star in the film and executive produce, with Roth as director, EW learned. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment will develop the picture.

Steve Niles originally wrote the IDW comic Aleister Arcane in 2004, with illustrations by Breehn Burns. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death writer Jon Croker will adapt the comic to the screen.

The story will follow a group of young children who befriend an elderly man who has been placed on the fringe of the town, per Variety. Once the lonely man dies, he leaves a curse on the town and those who shunned him, forcing the children to work together to save their families.

The original comics storyline has a similar approach, but focuses on a local Oklahoma TV horror host named Aleister Arcane, who is shunned by the parents of the town. After his departure from the air, terrifying and supernatural events begin to plague the little town.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported this story. 

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