If you’re a horror person, chances are you cut your genre teeth on some spooky book series as a kid. Every Millennial horror fan seems to have an origin story that traces back to R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. The anthology book series told frightening tales with fun titles like Welcome to Dead House, Say Cheese and Die!, and Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes. The books were so popular, they even spawned a live-action TV series in the ’90s that lasted four seasons and two Jack Black-starring movies in recent years.
Well, good news, Goosebumps fans. Another TV show based on the books is in development! According to Deadline, Scholastic Entertainment (the media division of Scholastic) will team with producer Neal H. Moritz and Sony Pictures TV on a new live-action series based on Stine’s books. Moritz also produced the two recent Goosebumps films.
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There’s no other information available at the time so we don’t really know what this Goosebumps series will look like. With Moritz involved, it seems likely that it’ll connect to the new films: Goosebumps and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Will Jack Black be back? Maybe he can serve the role Stine did in the original TV series, where he intros each episode. (Black plays Stine in the Goosebumps films, for those who haven’t seen.)
We also wonder if this one will follow the anthology format, or take a page from the Are You Afraid of the Dark? reboot that told a season-long narrative. We’d definitely be interested in either. As long as they take a page from the original’s rad intro, which featured—among other delightfully weird things—a Golden Retriever with spooky yellow eyes.
We’ll keep you posted as more information about Goosebumps becomes available.
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