Scholastic scares up new Goosebumps show

The creepy IP rises again as Sony Pictures Television and Original Film adapt the property into a live-action family-focused series.
April 28, 2020

Scholastic Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television are partnering with Los Angeles’s Original Film to develop a live-action series inspired by R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps. Scholastic’s president Iole Lucchese and SVP Caitlin Friedman will serve as executive producers on the new family-focused show alongside Original Film’s founder Neal Moritz and head of television Pavun Shetty.

The original live-action adaptation of the popular book series aired for four seasons between 1995 and 1998, and is still available through Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu. The brand also inspired two feature films starring Jack Black, released in 2015 and 2018.

The Goosebumps brand boasts more than 350 million English books in print, as well as international editions in 32 languages. The franchise’s consumer products program, meanwhile, spans categories including toys, apparel and games and is valued by Scholastic at US$2 billion at retail.

This new series is part of a recent R. L. Stine revival. Last year, Splash Entertainment inked a deal with Lookout Entertainment to adapt the author’s picture book The Little Shop of Monsters as well as the comedy book series Rotten School. These two upcoming adaptations will be geared at kids ages six to 12.

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