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'Goosebumps' feature film begins production, Jack Black to star

Making best-selling books into major motion pictures has become a regular process in Hollywood, but now they are branching out from young adult dystopian stories. On April 23 Comingsoon.net reported that the feature film version of "Goosebumps" has just begun production and will star comedic actor Jack Black. The film is based on the horror book series "Goosebumps" by author R. L. Stine.

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The books follow child characters who find themselves in scary situations from being lost in the woods to finding haunted houses. Over sixty books were released between 1992 and 1997 and a high rated television series based on the stories ran for three years until 1998. The show was released in over one hundred countries and a features film was first rumored back in 1998.

Columbia Pictures acquired the rights to the movie in 2008 and Darren Lemke was chosen to pen the screenplay in 2012. Stine was initially against the stories being turned into a feature film unless he was directly involved. Rob Letterman will direct the film with a script from Lemke and Mike White, and the film is scheduled to arrive in theaters in March 2016.

Cinemablend announced casting updates for the film including actor Ryan Lee, who played a comedic role in "Super 8," the most recent science fiction film from J.J. Abrams. Dylan Minnette will play the lead role of Zach Cooper, a teenage boy who lives in a small town. He falls for his neighbor, the beautiful Hannah played by Odeya Rush, who is the daughter of Stine.

Black will play the role of Stine, who has all his story manuscripts written. Zach finds the stories and accidentally releases the monsters in the pages on the small town. Then Zach, Hannah and Stine will try to save the town and bring all the monsters back to Stine before they destroy everything. Filming is expected to take place in the counties around Atlanta through the summer months.

The book series has sold over three hundred million copies, making Stine one of the best-selling children's authors ever. The stories have spawned spinoff shows, video games, clothes, board games, sports helmets and more. Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, and Ken Marino have also signed on to appear in film but their roles have not been disclosed.