Scribe Darren Lemke Closing a Deal with Columbia Pictures for Goosebumps Adaptation
A live-action feature adaptation of the R.L. Stine book series Goosebumps has been kicking around Columbia Pictures for months (if not years), and the last we heard Carl Ellsworth (co-writer of Red Dawn and Disturbia) had come aboard to write the screenplay. But things have changed, and now Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Killer) is starting over from Page One.
Per THR's Heat Vision Blog, Neal Moritz and his Sony-based Original Films shingle are producing, as is Scholastic Entertainment's Deborah Forte. Columbia picked up the rights to the more than 50 books written by R.L. Stine in May 2008. Along with Ellsworth, the project has seen several other writers, but the studio hasn't been satisfied, turning now to Lemke.
The Goosebumps series is known for paying 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". Being geared toward kids, they don't have much blood and/or sex but are full of laughs.
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