Visual-effects specialist Charles Gibson will make his directorial debut with the family comedy The Goblin, scripted by Geoff Rodkey.

According to Variety, Matt Berenson will produce with Wind Dancer Film principal Matt Williams and production head Judd Payne.

The story revolves around a suburban family that moves into its new home only to find a curmudgeonly goblin who doesn't want them there.

"It's about creating a goblin that will appeal to audiences of all ages," Williams said.

Gibson won visual-effects Oscars for Babe and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. He performed visual effects and second unit directing on the "Pirates" franchise and Terminator Salvation.