If you were a kid in the 90s, chances are that you picked up at least one of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books. The short, throw-away paperbacks were great quick reads for kids looking to read some scary stories about evil ventriloquist dummies ("Night of the Living Dummy"), haunted Halloween costumes ("The Haunted Mask"), or spooky cameras that tell the future ("Say Cheese and Die!"). Thanks to the series' immense popularity - not to mention that chance for nostalgia points - studios have spent years trying to make a Goosebumps movie, but now it looks like the project may actually be moving forward.
According to Deadline, Sony is now in talks with director Rob Letterman to helm a feature film version of the kid-friendly horror series. While it's possible that they have moved on to a new script, last year the studio hired Jack The Giant Slayer scribe Darren Lemke to write a script based on books, though at the time it wasn't said which story he would be adapting. Late last year Stine actually suggested that the project would never come together, but perhaps this is the start of developments that will prove him wrong.
Letterman is no stranger to kid-friendly fare, though fans may not be too happy with some of his credits. His 2009 animated film Monsters vs. Aliens was given a pass by critics, but the same can't be said about 2004's Shark Tale or 2010's Gulliver's Travels. Should he sign on, Goosebumps will be his first film since the Jack Black comedy flopped.
For all the drama surrounding a feature, it's worth remembering that there was actually a live-action series based on the books that ran on Fox Kids from 1995 to 1998. Check out one of the more famous episodes below and relive the nightmares!
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