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Feel the Horror: The Goosebumps Movie Has a Director, Is Actually Happening

“I’m so glad my childhood is being honored with a Goosebumps movie,” said no one ever.

OK, OK, so that might have been a bit bitter of me. Unreasonably so, because in the great R.L. Stine canon I was never even really into Goosebumps. I was more a Fear Street kind of girl. But, though it may be difficult for me to remember at times, Sony Pictures’ Goosebumps movie is not for people who grew up with Goosebumps. It’s for the kids of today. And can we really begrudge the kids of today their own version of evil ventriloquist dummies and monster blood-eating hamsters?

I can, but that’s only because I don’t like kids. Moving on… Meet Rob Letterman, your new Goosebumps director.

Sony’s had the rights to a Goosebumps movie for years, and the last time it popped up in the news was all the way back in January 2012, when Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After, Jack the Giant Slayer) was hired to write the screenplay. (We don’t yet know which book, or books, he’s using.) And now Letterman, who has on his résumé Shark TaleMonsters vs Aliens, and the live-action Jack Black version of Gulliver’s Travels, is in talks to direct.

Did anyone else just wince? Granted, I’ve heard good things about Monsters vs Aliens. But the writer of Jack the Giant Slayer and the director of Gulliver’s Travels doing a movie together? That does not fill me with hope.

But whatever. Maybe it’ll be a campy masterpiece. The original books weren’t exactly high quality children’s literature in the first place. There, I said it.

(via: Deadline)

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  • Jim Goff

    It’d be kinda cool if it was a little anthology kids horror movie with some interconnected characters. I dunno. *shrugs*

  • Astaria

    I don’t remember which book it was, but the one of the goo in the can that comes alive.. that’s the one I remember the most. Almost all of the others meld with the old Nickelodeon tv show “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    I’m torn- the child in me, who was the biggest fan of these books, is jumping with joy. Night of the Living Dummy is creepy, no matter how old you are. The realistic in me, however, knows that this will most likely be a train wreck.

    Personally, I think they should make a Fear Street adaptation of some sort, because it was epic (I would personally vote the sagas or 99 Fear St, or maybe the cheerleaders).

  • Jake Cornelius

    hmm…a computer containing a virtual simulation of Slappy the dummy is drenched in some Monster Blood, carelessly left out in the open by a Yeerk-controlled Rita Repulsa. The VR dummy manifests irl, grows to epic proportions, and rampages across Sunnydale. Only the combined forces of the Power Rangers, Animorphs, Scoobies, VR Troopers, and Artie, the Strongest Man in the World, can hope to bring an end to the threat of the Night of the Mighty Animorphin’ VR Dummy: Secret of the Ooze Slayer.

    From the production studio that brought you Harriet the Spy.

  • Anonymous

    Ermagerd! Gersberms merveh!!

  • Anonymous

    Want to freak me out with stories from my childhood? how about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? The art alone terrifies me.

  • Anonymous

    Man I’d kill for a teen slasher fic franchise based off the Fear Street Cheerleaders books, or any of the Fear Street books, really.

  • Joanna

    Man, Goosebumps were such a huge fad when I was in school. They were overrated, sure, but hey this generation can’t talk when we’ve got shit like Twilight =P

  • Nick Redman

    And the twist ending is the kid is already dead.

  • Alexis XP

    As long as it’s somewhat like the new series on HUB I’ll be fine. I love Goosebumps, there isn’t enough “scary” halloween type movies in the world and R.L. Stine’s style with Goosebumps has always made me happy! :)

  • Alexis XP

    I remember this in elementary. You couldn’t walk two feet without hearing about man eating plants or monster blood. ;)

  • Anonymous

    i liked fear street better, too. anyone remember the goosebumps show on fox like 15-20 years ago?