'Gulliver's Travels' & 'Monsters vs Aliens' Director Getting 'Goosebumps'
by Ethan Anderton
March 19, 2013
It's been about two and a half years since we heard anything about Columbia Pictures' adaptation of R.L. Stine's young adult horror novel series Goosebumps. Back in the fall of 2010, Disturbia and Red Dawn remake screenwriter Carl Ellsworth was slated to write the script for a live-action film, but since then we haven't heard any solid updates. Now news comes from Deadline that Gulliver's Travels and Monsters vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman is currently in talks to direct the film which is being produced by Neal H. Moritz in conjunction with Scholastic Entertainment. But just which of the stories will go to the big screen?
Unfortunately, at this point it's not clear how Goosebumps will be handled. There were a total of 62 books in the original Goosebumps series, not including the choose-your-own-adventure and other offshoots trying to capitalize on the popular name, so there's a lot of source material. Of course, nowadays studios just like to have an established name and craft an original story, so that could happen here. For my money, I think the best option would be a collection of a few intertwining stories in a sort of anthology not unlike Twilight Zone: The Movie. But there are plenty of stories that lend themselves to a feature length film.
However, the hiring of Letterman isn't exactly thrilling. Sure, the guy knows what he's doing with big set pieces and special effects, but Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver's Travels and Shark Tale just didn't deliver on quality as much as spectacle. There were traces of great ideas and a decent story, but they got lost in favor of some silly gags and humor that didn't always land. Maybe this will be different, but the Goosebumps name does create certain expectations. After all, there are plenty of kids of the 90s who tune in to watch the TV series around Halloween when it airs on Cartoon Network. What do you think?