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.
Sony Pictures has found a director for its feature film adaptation of the popular R.L. Stine books Goosebumps, as Deadline reports that Rob Letterman is in talks to take the helm of the film. For those unfamiliar, Stine has penned over 50 books under the Goosebumps moniker, all of which put a “spooky” spin on countless stories aimed at kids. Jack the Giant Killer and Shrek Forever After scribe Darren Lemke came on to pen the script over a year ago, but with Letterman now aboard as director we have a better idea of the direction Sony will be taking with the film.
Letterman’s past directorial credits include the family friendly pics Monsters vs. Aliens, Gullivers Travels, and Shark Tale, so we can reasonably assume that Goosebumps will take a similar approach to the story; I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony was using its successful animated pic Hotel Transylvania as a guidepost. There’s no word on whether the film will take on a specific Goosebumps story, but I was always partial to The Haunted Mask and Say Cheese and Die!
As Columbia Pictures continues to develop its adaptation of the horror series Goosebumps, they’re set to go back to the drawing board. The project has seen a number of writers take a crack at the script (including Carl Ellsworth), but now Heat Vision reports that Darren Lemke is coming aboard to start fresh. Lemke wrote the spec script for Jack the Giant Killer, which Bryan Singer directed and is set to open this summer. The scribe also wrote a re-imagining of The Nutcracker and worked on Shrek Forever After.
If you’re unfamiliar with the book series, author R.L. Stine wrote over 50 books under the Goosebumps moniker that successfully gave me night terrors throughout the early-mid 90s (who am I kidding, Say Cheese and Die still haunts me to this day). There’s no word on what kind of story Columbia is looking for, but seeing as how Lemke is starting from scratch, I’m willing to bet they’re not entirely sure either. To get an idea of what a live-action Goosebumps looks like, hit the jump for a couple clips from the 90s TV series. Beware of terrifying cheese…
The fifth grader in me just hit the jackpot. Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia) has agreed to a deal with Columbia Pictures to write a live-action feature adaptation of the R.L. Stine book series Goosebumps. Per Risky Business, Neal Moritz will produce (through his Original Film label) the Ellsworth adaptation for Columbia, who hopes to create a potential “family-driven franchise” of live-action films based on the material. Columbia first purchased the rights to Goosebumps in 2008 and, at that time, writers Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander (1408) tried their hand at adapting the material to no avail. As for Ellsworth, in addition to Disturbia, his writing credits date all the way back to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series where he penned a single episode. Recently, he has written films such as Red Eye, The Last House on the Left remake, as well as the upcoming remake of Red Dawn.
For a Goosebumps fun fact as well as my take on the adaptation, hit the jump.