Disturbia Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth is Getting 'Goosebumps'

September 16, 2010
Source: Risky Biz

Goosebumps Books

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?

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I want all the cheesiness that I got from the TV shows. Anybook will be fine with me.But I do want it to be somewhat scary. The books were pretty scary as a kid.

Daniel felts on Sep 16, 2010


If they are smart enough to not talk down the the kids who are fans of Goosebumps, they may very well have the Goose that lays the golden egg in this franchise.

Hattori Hanzo on Sep 16, 2010


I liked the scarecrow one and the one about the mud people.

Paul on Sep 16, 2010


Nigh of the Living Dummy terrified me as a child.

peloquin on Sep 16, 2010


Holy nostalgia trip, Batman. One Day at Horrorland has always been my personal favorite, but there are a lot of great stories to choose from. I really hope this comes to fruition.

Craig on Sep 17, 2010


The goosebumps show scared the heck out of me; the creepy dummy one, the one about the halloween mask that wouldn't come off, the mirror that makes u invisible, the worm episode, oh man sooo many I really can't help but be thrilled at the idea of all this.

Nuika on Sep 17, 2010


I know for a fact that this will be an entirely new story. Something Stine has not yet released. Though I do not know whether it will be one long story, or a couple of short stories (which I think would be best). It is a completely new and original movie.

Peace Love & GaGa on Sep 17, 2010


Kinda Pointless. We have the television show already and they only took about 30 minutes to depict. And can someone please tell me how you make a horror movie directed at children.....And do they even make Goosebumps books anymore, who is this movie aimed at?

.............. on Sep 23, 2010

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