A new live-action TV show based on R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps novel series is in the works.
Scholastic Entertainment, the media division of Goosebumps’ publisher Scholastic, is partnering with Neal H. Moritz and Sony Pictures Television to develop the show. Moritz produced the 2015 film Goosebumps and its 2018 sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. His production company Original Film is currently under a deal with Sony Pictures Television.
“I loved making the Goosebumps movies and can’t wait to bring even more of R. L. Stine’s incredible stories to life through a high-end television series that speaks to both adults and kids alike,” Moritz said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Scholastic Entertainment president and chief strategy officer Iole Lucchese said that they’re “very excited” to team up with Moritz and Sony Pictures Television to bring Goosebumps to life in a “fresh new way for today’s generation.”
The series will be executive produced by Lucchese, Moritz, Scholastic’s SVP & General Manager Caitlin Friedman, Originals Film’s Head of Television Pavun Shetty.
With more than 350 million English-language books in print and international editions in 32 languages, Goosebumps is one of the best-selling book series of all time. The original novel series, which ran from 1992 to 1997, was comprised of 62 books. Since then, Stine has written various spin-off series namely, Goosebumps Series 2000, Give Yourself Goosebumps, Tales to Give You Goosebumps, Goosebumps Triple Header, Goosebumps HorrorLand, Goosebumps Most Wanted, and the ongoing Goosebumps SlappyWorld.
The first Goosebumps live-action TV adaptation ran for four seasons on Fox Kids from 1995 to 1998. It was an anthology of stories about children finding themselves in creepy and unusual situations, typically involving supernatural elements. Seventeen years later, the first Goosebumps movie, starring Jack Black, hit theaters and grossed $158 million worldwide against a budget of $58 million. The sequel, which also starred Black, had a budget of $35 million and went on to earn $93 million in global box office.