R.L. Stine's longrunning children's book series, Goosebumps, has been acquired by Columbia Pictures. After Scholastic Entertainment adapted the series for television in the mid '90s--it aired on the Fox Kids Network--the series will now head to movie theaters. The forthcoming feature will be produced by Scholastic Media president Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz (I Am Legend). To date, Goosebumps has sold over 300 million copies worldwide and has been translated in more than 32 languages. A new Goosebumps series, Goosebumps HorrorLand, released its first titles earlier this spring.
Speaking to the movie, which is headed into development now, Moritz, an active Hollywood producer, said that acquiring the rights to the series "comes with an enormous responsibility to the fans who have grown up with these books and have very high expectations about how these beloved novels will be adapted."