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Sony Taps Perfect Director For ‘Goosebumps’ Franchise

Sony Pictures continued to work on getting an adaptation of Goosebumps in theaters as they’ve now begun negotiating with Rob Letterman to helm the feature film based on the R.L. Stine young adult fright book series, reports Deadline.

His directing credits that include Monsters Vs Aliens, Shark Tale and Gulliver’s Travels, and his scripts include The Disappeared for Jason Bateman’s Aggregrate banner, and Paranormalists for Brian Grazer. An impressive resume, which makes him the perfect specimen for this new franchise. Unfortunately, no plot details or plans have been revealed.

The “Goosebumps” series — which comprises 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” — have grossed hundreds of millions for Stine and Scholastic, second only to the “Harry Potter” series. Stine recently published a new 12-book series, “Goosebumps in HorrorLand,” and Scholastic plans to launch a video game in the fall.



  • thevyrsaiplague

    Goosebumps was my childhood but I think they would be far too short to make into an hour and a half long film. Perhaps an anthology. I would like to see them darkened up a bit as well, since most of the original readers are in their 20s now.

    • BadCrumbs

      Some of us are in our 30s. I started reading these in the early 90s. I was around 10 or 11. I collected and read them for years, and I still have most of them. It’s fun to take them off the shelf and flip through them for the nostalgia. I would love to see a film version. It’s somethting I could take my nephews to see as they are the same age now that I was when I started reading them.

    • DeathValzer

      You hit the head on the nail. I’d like to see 4 or 5 directors have their takes on a Goosebumps anthology flick.

  • Zombie-Killa


    This makes my day! I loved reading the Goosebumps books as a kid, and the books helped spark my love for all-things horror. I was such a Goosebumps junkie as a kid. I collected almost every book, and I had (and still have) VHS tapes of the shows based on the books. The Night Of The Living Dummy series was my favorite. It was so silly, but it’s enjoyable at the same time.

    Can’t wait for the movies, and yes, I’ll be there on opening day!

  • ThunderDragoon

    The Haunting Hour is already a new version of Goosebumps so I’m very curious as to what the plot is going to be for this movie. Slappy has to be involved, though. Scared the shit out of me as a kid. The Haunted Mask would be equally as great. I still watch that to this day.

  • GothicGuido

    Great news! Yea Slappy scared the shit out of me too lol (scared me more than Chucky lol). I always thought Buffy as the thing that sparked my love for horror/monsters but man how did I forget about GooseBumps! (Canadian show just found out this was big in the states, I had no idea)

  • BelaManiac

    Actually super happy to hear this. Loved the whole series. I’d probably read them now and I’m in my late 20s. I recently bought my 4 year old niece a bunch of Goosebumps movies because she is in love with the scary stuff, just like her aunt!

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