While most people know R.L. Stine for his beloved Goosebumps series of books for children, Fear Street is where it all began in 1989! The literary franchise was aimed at older kids than the target audience of Goosebumps, and many of its memorable titles served as a gateway between the “kid’s stuff” and the more grown-up works of Stine’s contemporaries. This summer, Stine will be returning to Fear Street in the aptly-titled franchise, Return to Fear Street! The new series first hit store shelves in 2014 after a 15 year hiatus following the end of the original series. The next book will be called, You May Now Kill the Bride, and it will be available in bookstores on July 24th, 2018.
The folks at Sony Pictures are hard at work on a follow-up to 2015’s Goosebumps movie, based on the legendary works of writer R.L. Stine. We already knew that Jack Black will be returning to his role as a fictional version of Stine for the sequel, which is tentatively titled Goosebumps: Horrorland. Now, we know which actors and actress will be rounding out the new cast.
Variety reports that Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor have all been hired to star in the upcoming film. The young actors and actress all represent the typical age group of readers when they first discover Stine’s infectious books. read more
With the success of horror movies and television programs featuring children as the main characters as of late, it is no wonder that Paramount is mining Nickelodeon’s 1990’s horror anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? in hopes that it will capture the attention of nostalgic fans and teen viewers alike.
The Hollywood Reporter not only broke the news that the horror anthology for the pre-teen set was getting the greenlight, but that it would also be penned by a writer that is no stranger to horror in the form of It and Annabelle: Creation scribe Gary Dauberman. read more
2015’s Goosebumps movie, based on the legendary series of children’s horror books by R.L. Stine, received a largely positive critical reaction and enjoyed mild success at the box office (it earned a worldwide sum of $$150.17 million against a production budget of $58 million). While it didn’t make as big of a splash as some folks may have liked, there remains a large and devoted fanbase who cite R.L. Stine’s work as one of the inspirations that got them into the horror genre when they were youngsters. According to today’s news, we will soon see much more of Stine’s literary work on the big screen in the near future! read more
It’s common knowledge that showing your kids an Eli Roth movie would likely result in an immediate visit from Child Protective Services. That all changes with today’s announcement that the controversial director of such films as Hostel and The Green Inferno will be adapting a popular children’s book into a feature film! THR reports that Roth will be teaming up with Jack Black to bring John Belliers’ The House With a Clock In Its Walls to the silver screen. The script was written by Eric Kripke (the Supernatural television series), who will also be serving as a co-producer. read more
Marvel comics and legendary children’s/horror author R.L. Stine have announced that they have joined forces to launch a five-part series reviving Marvel’s “Man-Thing”. Although Marvel offered Stine a few characters to work with, it was his affinity for swamp creatures that made him decide on “Man-Thing”.
Known for his hugely popular “Goosebumps” titles, Stine told the New York Times that he first aspired to be a comic artist at a young age. “I started doing these little comic books in the fourth grade”, he told the Times, but he quickly realized he had no talent for illustration; “I was terrible,” he said. “I had no choice but to be a writer.” read more
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment & Scholastic Donate 20,000 Books to Be Distributed by Save the Children
Culver City, Calif. (January 26, 2016) – On the heels of the Goosebumps movie release on Blu-ray™ and DVD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has joined together with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing and education company, to donate 20,000 books to children in underserved communities as well as those recovering from crises or natural disasters in the United States. The books, featuring a selection of Goosebumps books by bestselling author R.L. Stine, are being donated through the Scholastic Possible Fund and will be distributed by Save the Children. read more
DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Jan 26, 2016
Starring: Halston Sage, Timothy Simons, Amanda Lund, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush
Synopsis: After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets next door neighbor Hannah, the daughter of bestselling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine. Stine is very strange and mysterious and it turns out for good reason. He is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. read more