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For quite some time, there has been talk of a 'Goosebumps' movie. 'Goosebumps,' for those who don't know, was a series of young adult horror novels written by R.L. Stine. The books were turned into a television series in the mid-1990s. Though progress had been made over the last year or so on a big screen version of the property, back in November, creator Stine expressed grave doubts that we would ever actually see a 'Goosebumps' movie. Sony, however, appears to be making strides toward the film's release. They are in negotiations with Rob Letterman ('Shark Tale') to direct the adaptation. The status of the script is still unknown at this point, though last we heard Sony was looking to bring in Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After') to replace Carl Ellsworth ('Disturbia'). As of right now, Letterman's deal has not been finalized.
The fact that they are actually pursuing a director is a step in the right direction, but their choice of director may just be showing their desperation. I liked 'Monsters vs. Aliens,' which Letterman wrote as well as directed, well enough, but 'Shark Tale' was underwhelming and his last directorial outing, 'Gulliver's Travels' was spectacularly bad. What is it about this guy that makes Sony think he's right for this project? What the 'Goosebumps' movie needs is someone who can walk the line between family-friendly and dark, eerie imagery. Call me biased, because I really did love the movie, but I was sort of hoping that 'ParaNorman's Chris Butler and Sam Fell might have landed the gig. 'ParaNorman' delved into some rather unsettling material even while delivering a film the whole family could watch. The point is, we could probably come up with dozens of directors better suited to the task. Of course, there is still the matter of the script to contemplate. My guess is that the movie will have to be an anthology, and what will make or break 'Goosebumps' is which stories from the series will be chosen to make up the film.
What do you guys think? Is Letterman the right choice to direct 'Goosebumps?' Which stories do you think they should adapt?