Sony announced today that it is in production of a film adaptation of one of Scholastic’s bestselling series, Goosebumps. In conjunction with one of the leading publishers of children’s content, Sony has brought along actor Jack Black to lead an all-star cast for one of the most popular children’s series of all time. Directed by Rob Letterman, the Goosebumps movie is being filmed in and in the vicinity of Atlanta, Georgia. Scholastic’s own executive Deborah Forte is one of the film’s producers.
“Scholastic has sold over 350 million Goosebumps books worldwide in 32 languages since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children’s authors in history,” stated Scholastic’s officials in a press release.
According to information about the film, the premise will be alluring to audiences of a variety of ages, not surprising considering the original series that launched the movie has been around for quite some time. The synopsis of the new film includes this description: “A young kid teams up with the niece of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.”
Goosebumps has already been adapted for television in a mid-90s series and was once slated for film production under the direction of Tim Burton. That film never materialized, but the new adaptation is slated for release in 2016.