class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-43796″ title=”Goosebumps” src=”https://www.heyuguys.com/images/2010/09/Goosebumps.jpg” alt=”” width=”187″ height=”270″ />With the Harry Potter cash-cow now coming to an end, Hollywood has turned its attention to the second highest selling book series of all time – and it’s not a property you might expect.
Having sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series is finally heading for the big screen. Published by Scholastic, the children’s horror book series has spawned a TV show, video games, and TV movies since the Goosebumps title was first launched in 1992.
Originally running between 1992 and 1997, sixty-two titles were published under the Goosebumps banner, starting with the ominously designated ‘Welcome to Dead House’ and ending with ‘Monster Blood IV’.
Following the success of this series, Stine went on to pen a number of spin-off series under the umbrella banner creating a wealth of source material for Columbia – who acquired the film rights back in 2008 – to mine for their potential franchise.
THR is reporting that Disturbia scribe Carl Ellsworth has been tasked with writing the script, which was previously worked on by Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander. Neal Moritz, meanwhile, will produce through his Original Film banner alongside Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment.
‘Monster Blood’ was the series’ longest ongoing story, while ‘Night of the Living Dummy’ and ‘The Haunted Mask’ also ran across numerous books. Whether the film-makers will – as with Tintin – opt for the more substantial stories, however, it is difficult to say.
Which books would you happily revisit at your local cine-plex? I for one am still holding out for It Came from Beneath the Sink 3D or Egg Monsters From Mars: The Movie.