R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Books Headed to the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
August 18, 2008
Sony Pictures picked up the rights to Scholastic's Goosebumps series of children's horror books written by R.L. Stine and has hired two writers to adapt them into a feature film. I knew this was coming, considering these books are huge with kids and have sold nearly as many copies as Harry Potter. I actually remember reading a lot of them when I was younger, with the embossed Goosebumps logo being one of the most prominent memories - you'll know exactly what I mean if you've ever read them. Experienced screenwriter duo Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, of films like Ed Wood, Man on the Moon, Agent Cody Banks, and 1408 previously, have been hired to write the live-action adaptation for Sony.
The Goosebumps series of books, with 62 in total, were written by R.L. Stine and first published between 1992 and 1997. Stine admits that a lot of the stories are inspired by classic sci-fi and horror movies, including Night of the Living Dead and Invasion of the Body Snatchers as well as "The Twilight Zone". Although the books do include horror elements, they're aimed at the younger teen demographic and I remember them being written perfectly to keep young readers interested, but not too scared. Neal Moritz, of Click, Evan Almighty, I Am Legend and Made of Honor, is producing and will be casting young actors for the lead roles and well-known adult actors in the supporting roles.
I'm guessing most older moviegoers won't care about this even when it does hit theaters because I'm sure Sony is going to keep it focused on younger demographics. In fact, referencing two of Karaszewski and Alexander's previous films sums up exactly what I expect this to be like: a mix of Agent Cody Banks and 1408. The only reason I'm this interested and will be keeping an eye on the production is because I was a fan of the books as a very young kid and have that nostalgic connection. Even if this turns out to be a cheesy PG rated kids movie, I might still be able to go in and enjoy it. Hopefully Karaszewski and Alexander put together a film enjoyable for all ages. Please tell me I'm not the only old Goosebumps fan left?