According to a press release, Kate Mara and Adam Scott have signed on to star in Ghost writer, a new “podcast movie” from C13Features that isn’t really a movie at all, or at least not a mainstream movie. Who are we to define what a “film” is? As far as we know, a “movie podcast,” is a feature-length narrative podcast with actors named as stars. They used to call it an ‘audio drama’, and nowadays they also sometimes have call it an audio drama, or a narrative podcast, or even just … a podcast (a lot of podcasts are feature films, really), but we’re talking about that here, so that seems like a sign that branding is working at a certain level.
As for Ghost writer, it has nothing to do with the old TV show of the same name, at least as far as we can tell. Instead, it stars Kate Mara as a writer named Kate Michaels (she likely has a sister named Rooney Michales) who gets a job writing “a new novel about a mysterious killer.” Scott’s character is “the idiosyncratic billionaire behind the project”, and as he works more with the writer, she begins to realize that she “depends on him” and becomes “sure something is wrong. “. Ghost writer will be available on all podcast platforms on December 6, and by then, it will actually be C13Features’ second podcast movie. The first one, To treat, stars Kiernan Shipka and will be released on October 25.
Maybe once these start to come out, we’ll start to learn more about what makes a podcast movie different from a podcast, audio drama, or little book on tape. Will there eventually be movie podcasts where people talk badly? podcasts like there are for bad movies?