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.”
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.
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