Getting GOOSEBUMPS At The Movies

Columbia Pictures is close to signing a writing team for the big-screen adaptation of the children's horror book series Goosebumps.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Columbia Pictures, which just acquired the rights in May, is planning the first live-action feature based on the children's horror book series, Goosebumps.

Golden Globe-winning duo Larry Karaszewski & Scott Alexander (Ed Wood) are in negotiations to script the big-screen adaptation. They are expected to close their deal this week.

Comprising more than 50 books that often pay homage to classic sci-fi/horror movies such as Night of the Living Dead and Invasion of the Body Snatchers as well as the twist endings of The Twilight Zone, the Goosebumps series has grossed hundreds of millions for author R.L. Stine and Scholastic Entertainment.

While straight-to-video versions have been produced over the years, the new project marks the first feature adaptation, which could kick off a Harry Potter-styled franchise for Columbia--appropriate, since Goosebumps is second in sales to J.K. Rowling's series only.

Neal Moritz, whose Sony-based Original Film shingle is co-producing, has said he likely will follow the Potter model of casting youngsters for the leads and well-known actors in supporting roles.

Stine recently published a new 12-book series, Goosebumps in HorrorLand, and Scholastic plans to launch a video game in the fall.
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