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"Goosebumps" Script Already in the Works

Posted: November 18th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Goosebumps" Script Already in the WorksSubmit Comment
As part of a new strategy, Sony is committing substantial financial and creative resources to build what it hopes will be a lucrative business around family-friendly movies. The shift comes as Sony grapples with the need to embrace one of the few bright spots in the slow-to-no-growth movie business. In recent years, family pictures have dominated the box office.

Neal Moritz, who produced such hits for Sony as the comedy "Click," said he was given a mandate to "identify movies that can become brands," including those that appeal to families.

So far, he's found more than one. Among them are "Goosebumps," based on RL Stine's popular series of horror tales aimed at tweens. "Problem Child" screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are adapting the material to appeal not only to the book's core fans -- 10-to-12-year-olds -- but their parents and younger siblings as well.

"We're trying to make this a big family movie," Moritz said. "Young kids will find it fun-scary versus scary-scary, and it'll also have an adult component."

Among other softer-edge projects the studio is developing are adaptations of "Smurfs" and remakes of "The Karate Kid," "Ghostbusters" and the 1968 musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

Source: LA Times


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