As a child, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series had to be some of my favorite books ever. In my tender years, I found them to be a pretty creepy read that had stories that still stick with me to this day. As a matter of fact, I still own a copy of The Haunted Mask, and I will never get rid of it.
Goosebumps was a series that developed my love of horror, it led me to the Point Horror books and then onto more mature forms of horror in both books and films.
The original series created a number of books, comics, a live-action show, and some movies featuring Jack Black. While the movies may not have been for everyone, it’s undeniable that the TV series was great. Running from 1995-1998, the series brought some of the classic stories to life and featured a fantastic theme tune.
The end of it signaled the end of my childhood, or at least I thought.
It has been announced today that Goosebumps movie producer, Neal H. Moritz, and Scholastic Entertainment are developing a new live-action show based on R. L. Stine’s bestselling series. Moritz has stated that he loved making the movies and now wants to develop a high-end television series that appeals to both adults and kids. I’m sold.
Initially reported by Deadline, Scholastic had this to say in a statement:
“Goosebumps has been keeping kids and families on the edge of their seats for nearly 30 years and we’re very excited to partner with Sony Pictures Television and Neal H. Moritz to bring the enduring brand to life in a fresh new way for today’s generation. From the world-famous book series to a full-scale licensing program and even live-action movies starring Jack Black, Goosebumps remains wildly popular and we look forward to presenting new adventures to give fans even more Goosebumps.”
I’m almost 36 now, and I absolutely cannot wait to see this series. I have high hopes they can deliver something fresh with a hint of nostalgia.
Fingers crossed they won’t ruin this and destroy my dreams as the modern-day is starting to get more and more like the ’90s with every passing second. Kids, this is only a good thing. There’s no word on when the show will release as of yet, but we’ll bring you more when it comes in.
If you’re old like me, then let me know your thoughts on the Goosebumps series in the comments. Are you excited to see it return to television, or are you just happy with your glorious memories?
If you haven’t seen the original show before now, get straight to it. Viewer beware, you’re in for a scare.