class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-95281″ title=”Haley Joel Osment” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />Haley Joel Osment, the young actor everyone remembers from The Sixth Sense, is set to star in upcoming Frankenstein-themed project, Wake The Dead, Variety report.

Now 23 years of age, Osment has been very much off the radar since his lead role in Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence back in 2001, and Wake The Dead could have the potential to resuscitate his once very promising career.

Wake The Dead is to be directed by Jay Russell (My Dog Skip, Tuck Everlasting), in what will be quite a change from the director’s ordinarily family-targeted films. It is being scripted by Russell and James V. Hart (Hook, August Rush), and will be produced by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist and current solo artist, Slash, under his Slasher Films banner, the horror film production outfit that he formed last year.

The film will see Osment star as Victor Franklin, a college student working to try and reverse death, in an adaptation of the comic book of the same name by Steve Niles, author of 30 Days of Night. I absolutely loved the adaptation of 30 Days of Night with Josh Hartnett in the lead, and thought it was one of the best horror films made in years, and so I’m really looking forward to seeing what Wake The Dead will be like.

Though Osment has been working throughout the past decade, since The Sixth Sense, Pay It Forward, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence he’s concentrated on his studies and only taken on a few films and mostly voiced video games, all predominantly below the radar. Now, however, having graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts last year, he looks set to be getting back into acting, and this role in Wake The Dead could be an important move to revitalise his career. Production is set to begin in autumn this year, so we can likely look forward to seeing something pretty different from what we’ve seen of Osment sometime next year.