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'Goosebumps' movie with Jack Black slated for theatrical release

Ready to get “Goosebumps” again? Earlier today, the Hollywood Reporter leaked that Columbia Pictures, owned by Sony, has picked up a script for a “Goosebumps” movie, slated to hit theaters on March 23, 2016.

Covers from 1990s 'Goosebumps' books.
Covers from 1990s 'Goosebumps' books.
Illustrator Tim Jacobus

Columbia bought the rights 50 books penned by prolific children's horror writer R.L. Stine back in 2008, but lacking a screen-writer, a script deal wasn't in the works until January of 2012. Darren Lemke, scriptwriter for “Jack The Giant Killer” penned the film adaptation. The “Goosebumps” movie stars Jack Black and is directed by Rob Letterman.

In the script, Black plays Mr. Shivers, a horror writer whose characters "literally leap off the page."

R. L. Stine, age 70, has written hundreds of books, 62 in the original “Goosebumps” series, 42 in the “Give Yourself Goosebumps” series, and 25 in the “Goosebumps 2000” series. The first “Goosebumps” book, “Welcome to Dead House,” was penned in 1992. His writing has the ability to switch from humor one sentence to horror the next.

Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment and Neal H. Moritz of Original Film are producing the film.