‘Gulliver’s Travels’ Director in Talks for ‘Goosebumps’ Film

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The Harry Potter and Twilight films have proven that young adult novels can lead to box office gold. Now it appears that the 1990s phenomenon that was R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series is that much closer to becoming a big screen reality.

Last we heard, screenwriter Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After, Jack the Giant Slayer) was tapped to adapt Stine’s work for a theatrical release. Producer Neal H. Moritz has been developing the project since 2008, after securing the rights to dozens of Stine’s stories. According to a recent report, the project is finally moving forward.

Courtesy of Deadline, writer/director Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale) is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to direct the Goosebumps film. His only live-action feature credit is the 2010 comedic take on Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black and Jason Segel, a film that was not very successful by any meaning of the word.

The Goosebumps series – for those unfamiliar with it – was an anthology of family-friendly horror stories, each featuring a child or teen as its protagonist and typically involving some kind of supernatural menace. The original run of books comprised of 62 tales in all and featured terrors ranging from classic horror staples (haunted houses, werewolves) to more bizarre creations such as a prophetic camera and a mysterious substance known only as “Monster Blood.”

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Many of Stine’s stories were directly adapted for a television series that aired on FOX from 1995 to 1998, but a full-length Goosebumps film hasn’t yet been attempted. It’s not clear if this film would simply represent a feature-length version of one of Stine’s stories or serve as a series of vignettes a la darker fare like Creepshow, Twilight Zone: The Movie, or Tales From the Hood.

Regardless, Letterman has experience creating family-friendly creatures in his animated work, and that skill could conceivably translate to a Goosebumps film. However, at this point, so little is known about the project that it’s too early to know how the finished film will turn out.

How do you think the Goosebumps film should adapt the book series? Is Letterman the right man to bring Stine’s tales to life? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates on the Goosebumps film as this story develops.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Hopefully, I, the great Michael Bay(!!!) get the job instead of him just so I can ruin some more fond childhood memories

    • Literally laughed out loud

    • He craves and devours happy childhood memories? Sounds like a decent idea for a story, but of course Bay doesn’t even know what a story is :P

      • They should really get the guy that did Trick R Treat and make it an anthology film.

        • Or, they could get the guy who directed Transformers 2 to work on this? ;)

  2. uggh… never liked goosebumps
    preferred bailey school kids.

    They should make a film(s) based on the scary stories to tell in the dark books, which were f******g horrifying for a child(me).

    • Those scary story books were awesome!

    • You didn’t like “Goosebumps”? Seriously? Those things remain legends of my childhood, everyone I knew loved how great the writing was to the point where it even creeped adults out sometimes.

      But opinions are opinions

      • I remember the ginger puppet and monster blood and a few others
        and the tv ep of the green mask, but I dont have any real regard or fondness for them.

        was a 3rd grade thing.

        • Night Of The Living Dummy, both the book and the tv episode (^-^) But in all seriousness, i’m skeptical of a Goosebumps movie. Especially if Letterman is doing it because although i never saw the film, i’ve heard the GT was horrendous and i’ve been presented with the oppurtunity to see the movie but have turned it down on all occasions. Another thing is, each book is like, seventy pages (give or take a few) so how do you turn that into a film? Yeah you can interweave different storylines but will that make any sense in the movie to the viewers who used to and still read the books? Personally, i think it would just be better to turn it back into a tv show because that seems the best and most appropriate route for the future of the Goosebumps series on screen IMO

    • You are my new hero for knowing those books! I remember reading Bailey School Kids as a class in 3rd grade! And my big brother had the Scary Stories book, I was always too scared to read it when I was little.

  3. I use to love Goosebumps when i was younger. I read every book my library had (which was about 40-50 so i didnt read all of them). I more enjoyed some of the little series and trilogies such as monster blood so i think it would be cool to see one of them adapted to film.

  4. Goosebumps is a part of my generation and Id hope I would speak for the majority of my generation by saying “Why?!”

    Seriously. I understand the reason to reboot series of cartoons into live action but they contain a number of reoccurring main characters. (Transformers had Spike aka Sam Witwickey. TMNT had their typical turtles and humans. GI Joe has Duke and the rest of the cast.) Goosebumps is a bunch of random short stories. I don’t see how this is going to work WELL.

  5. Curious to see how they do this considering there are so many books to chose from. I loved the tv show when i was a kid… I hope they use the tv theme song in some way!

  6. One of the best things to come out of the 90′s, right next to gargoyles & twisted metal.

  7. I cant see how you would do a Goosebumps movie… unless you based it on one of the stories… but even then which one? Considering many Goosebumps stories were influenced by other horror films/stories…

    • They might go with Horrorland, which was like a giant crossover of the Goosebumps universe in a haunted amusement park.

  8. Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes….ab-so-lute-ly TERRIFYING!