Ahh so many childhood memories… reading Goosebumps as a young kid and pretending not to be scared, reading them when I was a little older and pretending they were for younger kids, then forgetting about them because I discovered His Dark Materials and the show “Are You Afraid of the Dark”. For those of you with similar memories, or better ones, (or with kids who love these books) Columbia Pictures is moving forward with their feature adaptation of R.L. Stines Goosebumps series.
The project was announced way back in 2008 but was halted by production issues, but the Hollywood Reported recently reported that a new screenwriter has been found for the project. It was announced Jack the Giant Killer writer Darren Lemke has been hired on for the project.
Previously, Screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, who’s work includes 1408, previously worked on adapting the material before Carl Ellsworth, noted for his work on Disturbia, was brought on board in 2010.
Neal Moritz is producing the film through his Original Film banner with Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment.
The “Goosebumps” series have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, second only to the “Harry Potter” series in total sales which is surprising because the series has been going on for so much longer.
So either way, if you loved it or didn’t but have kids who do, or want to love it again, this film is finally moving forward and maybe will be worth giving a chance.