In spooky news befitting Friday the 13th, Sony and Scholastic Media’s adaptation of R.L. Stine’s best-selling Goosebumps series has landed its first star in Jack Black (Bernie). This move reteams Black with his Gulliver’s Travels director Rob Letterman, whose attachment we reported a few months back. Although that last pairing didn’t work out all that well, Goosebumps comes with a built-in readership, in addition to a possible nostalgic effect of original readers who now likely have little ones of their own. The new report makes no mention of screenwriters Carl Ellsworth or Darren Lemke who were previously involved, but it does shed some light on the plot. Hit the jump to read on.
The Wrap reports that Black is in negotiations to star in the Goosebumps adaptation in an interesting take on the role. Per the write-up, Black will star as a “Stine-like author whose scary characters literally leap off the page, forcing him to hide from his own creepy creations.” There is no mention of which creations that will include, but with 175 books and counting, there are plenty to choose from.
Written by Stine starting in 1992, Goosebumps is the second-most successful book series of all-time, behind only Harry Potter in total sales. Still going to this day, Stine has been called the “Stephen King of children’s literature” for his wildly popular and imaginative horror fiction tales. The franchise has previously been adapted into a 1990s live-action TV series, video games and other merchandise, but the feature film production has been in development for some time. With the addition of Black, it seems as if it’s finally moving forward.
Be sure to let us know which of the Goosebumps books still keep you up at night (I’m partial to The Werewolf of Fever Swamp) and which creatures you’d like to see by commenting below!