Sunday, June 01, 2008

Columbia Pictures to Adapt Goosebumps into Feature Film

Columbia Pictures has acquiredfrom Scholastic Media the right to adapt Scholastic's bestselling Goosebumps(TM) book series into a theatrical feature. The film will be produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.

Goosebumps is one of the most popular series of books for children ever-- in fact, only the Harry Potter novels have surpassed Goosebumps in total sales.Goosebumps has been published in over 32 languages and sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. The series was successfully adapted byScholastic Entertainment for television for the Fox Kids Network, where it was rated #1 for four seasons, and aired in over 100 countries. Episodes of thelive action television series returned to the small screen in 2007 on Cartoon Network and instantly became a sensation. New Goosebumps HorrorLand bookswritten by R.L. Stine hit the stores last month and, this fall, Scholastic Interactive unveils a highly anticipated Goosebumps videogame.

The Goosebumps book series returned to the top of the sales charts againlast month with the release of the first two books in Goosebumps HorrorLand, a new twelve book series by R.L. Stine, featuring favorite characters from the original series such as Slappy the Dummy, the Haunted Mask, and the Mummy. It is the first Goosebumps serialized adventure in which each book is part of the same plot. Fans can also get exclusive Goosebumps HorrorLand content at; and additional Goosebumps chills at theofficial Goosebumps website,, which continues to garner 1.5 million page views each month.

The studio will begin developing the first Goosebumps movie immediately.Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project on behalf of the studio workingclosely with Original Films and Scholastic.