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Break out your dusty copies of 'Night of the Living Dummy' and 'Monster Blood' because 'Goosebumps' is headed to the big screen. If you aren't familiar with 'Goosebumps,' it was an extremely popular series of young adult horror books written by R.L. Stine. Back in 2008, Colombia Pictures bought the rights to all of the books and has been trying to put together a cinematic adaptation ever since. Now it appears writer Darren Lemke ('Jack the Giant Killer') is closing in on a deal to finally get the job done. No word yet on which of the titles from the series will find their way into the film.
Like many other children of the 90s, I read my fair share of 'Goosebumps' and watched the subsequent television series. Coupled with Nickelodeon's TV series 'Are You Afraid of the Dark,' it was a nice gateway into full blown horror fandom. Obviously, given the relatively tame nature of the books, the resulting movie will be far from hardcore horror, but that by no means disqualifies it from being a quality film. In fact, without the crutch of shock and gore, this could be a fascinating experiment in suspense and recreating old-school horror for young adults, something I feel is desperately needed in the wake of 'Twilight.' My hope is that, rather than settle on adapting just one book from the series, that Lemke puts together an anthology of several of them. The kid in me also desperately hopes 'Attack of the Mutant' finds its way into that anthology as it was my favorite and would be an interesting juxtaposition to the now thriving superhero movie machine.
What do you guys think? Any former 'Goosebumps' readers out there? Could this work?