Disturbia Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth is Getting 'Goosebumps'
Reader beware, you're in for a scare! It's been over two years since we heard that R.L. Stine's bestselling young adult horror novel series Goosebumps was headed to the big screen courtesy of Columbia Pictures. Now there finally seems to be some progress on the potential franchise adaptation as Risky Biz says writer Carl Ellsworth, who co-wrote Disturbia and the forthcoming Red Dawn remake, will be writing the script for the live-action film. With franchise stories within the series itself, the Goosebumps series told horrifying and supernatural tales friendly to youngsters resulting in over 300 million copies sold around the world.
There's still no word on which of the books will make it to the big screen, but there are dozens to choose from like Say Cheese and Die (about a camera that dooms you to death after your picture is taken), Monster Blood (about a growing, hungry glob of green ooze that begins destroying everything in sight) or my personal favorite, Attack of the Mutant (about a boy who stumbles upon lair of a fictional super villain in the real world). This would be a perfect opportunity for a collection of horror shorts similar to that of Twilight Zone: The Movie. After all, R.L. Stine himself has said he's drawn plenty of inspiration from the classic supernatural/horror anthology tales.
All I know is that I watch the TV series adaptation of several of the favorite books every Halloween when they re-air on Cartoon Network, so taking a trip back to some of my favorite books might be risky. However, I'm cautiously interested to see them on the big screen for the time being. Previously 1408 screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander attempted to adapt the series but to no avail. Hopefully we'll find out the story plan sooner than later, so we can stop guessing. What do you want to see in the Goosebumps movie?