The release of the Goosebumps movie is just a week away at the time of writing this. Starring Jack Black as a fictional version of R.L. Stine, the kid-friendly horror flick is based on the real-life Stine’s novels of the same name - and should introduce a whole new legion of kids to the genre, especially as those who read Stine’s books the first time around are now parents themselves.
There is already talk of a Goosebumps sequel being in development, and Goosebump’s young stars (Dylan Minette, Odeya Rush) along with Black are contracted for additional films - meaning, we could well see Sony turning this film into a very lucrative franchise. This is great news for Stine, who remains one of the most prolific and successful children’s authors of all time. It’s unsurprising though that, given the volume of his work, another film, centered on a different Stine series may also be headed to the big screen.
According to The Wrap, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are working on a movie based on Stine's Fear Street novels: a hugely popular series aimed at teenagers, which Stine wrote before Goosebumps. There are over 100 books in all, and the series focused more on "grounded" horror than Goosebumps, which usually delved more into the supernatural; though Fear Street touched on this on occasion, the stories were mainly straightforward (and terrifying) murder mysteries.
When asked about the Fear Street adaptation, Stine was surprisingly tight-lipped for him, but he did more or less confirm that the movie was happening:
“I’m not allowed to say, but yeah, there’s something happening. I’m usually a loose cannon but they really didn’t want me to talk about it.”
With so many titles to choose from, it is not yet known whether the film would focus on one specific storyline, but it seems more likely that it would follow a similar vein to that being set by Goosebumps; where Stine's (Black) young neighbours release the creatures from his manuscripts. While we might not see an incarnation of Stine in the Fear Street movie too, we could well be treated to several of his more terrifying characters appearing on screen.
Surprisingly, the rights to some of Stine’s other popular novels remain on the market; The Babysitter series and standalone novels such as The Lifeguard and Blind Date have yet to be snapped up. However, depending on the commercial success of Goosebumps, it will only be a matter of time before that changes.
The kids-horror genre has died out over the years, but those of us old (young?) enough to recall, will remember how much we loved to be scared - not only by novels from writers such as Stine, but also by movies such as Ghostbusters, Gremlins and Beetlejuice. Kids haven’t changed; and studios are suddenly waking up to this, by remaking or producing sequels for many of the classics. It will be good to see Stine’s work gaining a whole new audience through its cinematic release, too.
Goosebumps hits U.S. theaters on October 16th, 2015. We'll bring you more information on the Fear Street movie as it develops.
Source: The Wrap