The Hollywood Reporter says that "writing duo Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander are in negotiations to write the live-action big-screen adaptation of the children’s horror series "GOOSEBUMPS" for Columbia Pictures."
The screenwriting pair also wrote Tim Burton’s ED WOOD (my favorite Burton film!) and the recent Stephen King adaptation 1408.
The article continues, "Karaszewski and Alexander are expected to close their deal this week. While straight-to-video versions of the R.L. Stine book series have been made, the project will mark the first feature adaptation of the series and could become a franchise for Columbia, which acquired the rights in May. The "GOOSEBUMPS" series — which comprises more than 50 books that often pay homage to classic sci-fi/horror movies such as "Night of the Living Dead" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" as well as the twist endings of "The Twilight Zone" — have grossed hundreds of millions for Stine and Scholastic, second only to the "Harry Potter" series. Stine recently published a new 12-book series, "Goosebumps in HorrorLand," and Scholastic plans to launch a video game in the fall. Moritz has said he likely will cast youngsters for the leads and then include well-known actors in supporting roles, a la the "Potter" films."
Here’s hoping that the producers stay true to R.L. Stine’s book series!