Viewer beware. You're in for a scare. R.L. Stine's Goosebumps is coming to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disturbia screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been tapped to write a script adapting the successful book series from Scholastic. THR says Goosebumps has, "sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, second only to the 'Harry Potter' series in total sales. Columbia picked up film rights to the series in May 2008 and is looking at a family-driven potential franchise." Whether the film(s) would be a direct adaptation of a particular book or a new idea altogether we don't know. Oddly enough there's no word about Stine's involvement either.
This isn't the first time the classic children's horror books have been put to screen. It was a television series that aired in the United States and Canada from 1995-1998. It brought back a wave of childhood memories when I looked up the opening credits on YouTube. And after a brief look back it seems some genre stars got their early acting practice with Goosebumps. A young Hayden Christensen was in the two-part Night of the Living Dummy III and Laura Vandervoort from Smallville was in three episodes. Adam West even had a prominent role in a couple.
This excites me. Not just because I was (am) a fan of the book series and the tv series but because I think R.L. Stine's work could make for a new generation of classic family friendly movies. Something like Monster Squad that scared the crap out of you as a kid but you look back with fond memories of now. My personal favorites I'd hope to see them adapt are The Haunted Mask, the above Say Cheese and Die and of course Night of the Living Dummy. I can't even look at the cover of that one without getting actual goosebumps to this day.
Which Goosebumps books would you like to see adapted? Or would you rather they go with new stories?