It has been four years now since Columbia picked up the rights to R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books, and with a new screenwriter on board it finally looks the film adaptation could be within sight.
Anyone who was a child or parent during the nineties, will no doubt be familiar with R.L. Stine’s creepy children’s book series, Goosebumps. The series, which is second in sales only to the Harry Potter books, has frightened and thrilled many a child for the last two decades.
And now the series is to be made into a film … once it gets off the ground. The project has been in development stages since the rights were acquired in 2008.
The film has already gone through two writers. Previous drafts have been attempted by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski of 1408 fame, and Carl Ellsworth who is responsible for Disturbia and Last House On The Left.
The rumoured new writer is thought to be Jack the Giant Killer‘s screenwriter, Darren Lemke. With credits such as Shrek Forever After and the anticipated Dreamworks animation Turbo, it is a good indication that Columbia want to hire someone with more experience writing for a younger audience. Were previous efforts too frightening for youngsters, perhaps?
Ellsworth was working on an original story for the film, rather than adapting any of R.L. Stine’s stories before his departure, so we can assume Lemke will do the same, rather than work from a previous draft.
Stine’s books have already been developed for television in the past, with the hugely popular 1995 series Goosebumps. Each episode was an adaptation of a different book. The show ran until 1998 and aired during after school hours and on Saturday mornings in the UK.
Neil Moritz is producing the project which could very well become a family franchise if the film is a success.