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DISTURBIA screenwriter has “Goosebumps”

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
September 16th, 2010

Well, if this isn't the best news my little ears could hear this week! When I was a young lad, there wasn't a Goosebumps I didn't own or read. Let's just say when the book fair came to town, my pockets were empty...well emptier than usual for a kid. Hey, when it burns a hole in your pocket, you gotta put that fire out somehow. For me, it was Goosebumps and comic books that I used to extinguish the flame.

Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been tapped to give us all Goosebumps...on the big screen! The once-popular horror novel series from R.L. Stine - think Tales From The Crypt for kids - peaked in the early to mid-90s and spawned a TV show and even straight-to-VHS feature lengths. However, this would be the first to bring chills to theater audiences.

Ellsworth knows a thing or two about youth-driven thrillers, having served writing duties on DISTURBIA, amongst other thrillers, including the recent LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake, RED EYE, and most recently the upcoming RED DAWN remake. Columbia will distribute with uber-producer Neal Moritz producing under his Original Film hood.

So, Goosebumpers...which old school stories would you love to see brought back for the big screen? Or would you rather see brand new chilling tales? I'd personally love to see the film done as a horror anthology, a la CREEPSHOW or TRICK'R'TREAT, yet done in a way that is genuinely macabre for PG audience standards, like THE GOONIES. Whatever they end up doing, I just hope it's not a "Choose Your Own Ending" ending.

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  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    F the PG rating. The people who read and loved Goosebumps as they came out are much older now. Give me a PG-13 rating at the very least.

  • https://gordonandthewhale.com JamesWallace

    I totally agree Bill. But realistically, Columbia is going to probably go for a PG audience to appeal to a wider demo of younger kids VS adults who are younger kids at heart (you and me).

    Although, if you recall, many school districts enacted a policy where you had to get your parent’s permission to buy the books at book fairs because of their PG-13 material. So maybe Columbia will follow suit and go for the same. If they do, then applause are in order.

    And perhaps Guillemo Del Torro’s family friendly yet widely scary HAUNTED MANSION flick will encourage Columbia to make a GOOSEBUMPS film that will be fun AND scary no matter the age you are or the age you feel.

  • Jackthered

    The Goosebumps TV show in it’s early episodes was pretty scary, though very PG, from what I remember. The right writer/director combo can pull it off easily and still have a strong macabre atmosphere to a PG film. Many kids who watched/read it growing up would probably lime something they can share with their young children now

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