'Goosebumps' goes to Big Screen!

by Joey Paur

Do you remember those books. You know the kid friendly ghost stories written by R.L. Stine? I remember my little brothers used to be really into them. I also remember the TV show that ran on FOX based on the stories from the books. They actually weren't to bad for after school and Saturday morning entertainment. The series has sold over 300 million books, but has never been made into a major motion picture. But that is about to change. Columbia Pictures has acquired the rights from Scholastic Media. I am not sure if there is still a strong following for this series but if there is it will be a very successful franchise. Here is what Variety has to say:

Scholastic's Deborah Forte is producing alongside Neal Moritz via his Sony-based Original Film banner.

"Numerous people have tried to bring 'Goosebumps' to the bigscreen, but luckily Scholastic never found the right fit," said Moritz, who is better known for producing action fare such as "The Fast and the Furious" films, though he has the young-adult project "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" in development at Sony. "I've been a huge fan of the property for a long time. I met with Deborah several times and convinced her that Original and Sony were the best place to take it."

Sony and Scholastic see the property as a potential franchise.

"The time is ripe for doing a movie," said Forte, who dubbed "Goosebumps" the original "safe scare" property. "The first generation of 'Goosebumps' fans are in their early 20s now."

Studio is fast-tracking the project and is focusing on finding a writer.

Moritz said they likely will cast unknown child actors and then pepper the film with well-known thesps in supporting roles, much like Warner did with the "Harry Potter" franchise.

This could be a fun kid friendly horror series that will lay the foundation for a young generation and prep them to watch the the crazy horror films of the future. I do like the fact they are will to look outside the box and cast unknown child actors. It will be neat to see what book they end up turning into a movie first, or even if they decide to come up with an original 'Goosebumps' concept. I imagine in the end the movie will turn out like Disney's 'The Haunted Mansion'.

-Dr. Venkman


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