Director Tom McGrath (MegaMind) is in talks to make his live-action directorial debut with Rentaghost for 20th Century Fox.

We reported back in October that Ben Stiller has signed on to star in this comedy, an adaptation of the 1976 BBC series Rentaghost. The story follows Fred Mumford (Ben Stiller), a recently-deceased man who never lived up to his full potential on Earth. Determined to be more productive, he decides to form an agency in the afterlife dubbed Rentaghost, where ghosts are leased out to help the living.

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!, Night at the Museum) wrote the screenplay, with Kevin McCormick producing alongside Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun.

Tom McGrath also directed Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and this summer's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, starring Ben Stiller as Alex the Lion.