Columbia Pictures to Turn Goosebumps Books into Big-Screen Film

In May 2008, Columbia Pictures snagged the rights to more than 50 Goosebumps books written by R.L. Stine. Since then, the studio has been looking for the right director, writers, and producers.

But according to recent news released on HollywoodReporter.com, Columbia Pictures is now closing a deal with Darren Lemke, the writer behind Jack the Giant Killer, to pen the big-screen adaptation of these childrens horror books.

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The producers behind the film are Neal Moritz, along with Sony-based Original Film group, and Deborah Forte, a member of Scholastic Entertainment.

Known for its classic sci-fi/horror stories, Goosebumps has helped bring horror to countless children, without stuffing in the usual horror tropes of gore, sex, and blood. Adult horror books often leave whole sections to describing dead bodies and body parts, while Goosebumps seeks to make its audience laugh, not cringe.

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While it is unclear as to which of the Goosebumps books will see big-screen action, it is clear that these studios are taking their time with its creation. One can only hope that the finished product is worth the Goosebumps name.

Sixty-Four Horror Films in Five Minutes

If youre anything like the me, you hate Tuesdays. Sure, Mondays catch the most flak, what with its the-weekend-is-too-short, I-hate-my-job feeling, but at least the weekend absence from work gives you something to talk with coworkers about on Monday. Hey, Frank, what’d you do this weekend? Sell Halloween props? Wow, tell me about it.

Tuesdays, though, are transitional days, carrying you from the dreadful start of the week to the glorious midweek hump known as Wednesday. The only other transitional day is Thursday, which has the looming boon of Friday being only 24-hours away, followed quickly by the weekend. No, Tuesdays are the worst of the weekdays – the epitome of a nine-to-five lifestyle; the bane of an exciting life.

Thankfully, we here at FrightCatalog.com share this distaste for Tuesdays, so were always on the lookout for something to put a pep in our Tuesday step. Today, on this Tuesday, we stumbled upon a video that crams sixty-four horror films into a five-minute trailer.

Give it a gander, let the familiar horror films flow through your fleshy eyes, and remember, the weekend is only three more days away.

The Team Behind The Devil Inside Starts Work On Untitled Horror Project

And so it begins: due to the mass amount of money made with the initial box office release of The Devil Inside, the films co-writers William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman are now starting on a new untitled horror project.

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Most audience members left the film feeling like this woman.

Sierra/Affinity and their partner Incentive Filmed Entertainment will fund and produce the project, while William Brent Bell will continue his work as the films director. Seeing as how The Devil Inside is currently sitting at a 6% on RottenTomatoes.com, maybe this time Bell will actually make a good movie and not rely on a heavy advertisement campaign to produce sales.

According to Variety.com, Details are under wraps other than the style of filmmaking the team brought to The Devil Inside [will] be applied to another horror mythology. So if you hated the found-footage style of The Devil Inside, you may want to stay clear of the next project created by Bell and Peterman.

In addition, the same producers that worked on The Devil Inside will see a return with this new project, which includes Steven Schneider, Matthew Peterman, and Morris Paulson.

The CEO of Sierra/Affinity, Nick Meyer, said, From day one we have been huge fans of this filmmaking team and the way they have crafted a unique movie-going experience with The Devil Inside. These are filmmakers we know and trust and they bring an original voice and style to our next project that will once again introduce audiences to a new expectation of what one can define as a genre film.

Talk Of A Sequel To The Devil Inside

While the movie itself was horrid rubbish, the box office sales produced over the release weekend of The Devil Inside has got the producers talking about a possible sequel.

Steven Schneider, one of the executive producers for The Devil Inside, said, It’s a little premature. Everybody is processing what happened the remarkable weekend we had and feeling really good about that. Schneider continued, Certainly the filmmakers and Lorenzo (di Bonaventura) and I would all love to explore [a sequel] with the studio and I think we believe that there is absolutely the potential to carry forward out storylines from the original. It would be a rather organic and fun process and one that would lead to great results.

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Steven Schneider.

To give you an idea of this guy’s career history, he also produced Paranormal Activity 3 and Insidious, and he was the executive producer for Paranormal Activity 1 and 2. Basically, the guy loves mediocre horror movies that are hyped to hell and back, causing them to actually produce revenue.

But let’s add some context to what he just said: Lorenzo di Bonaventura was another of the executive producers for The Devil Inside, but di Bonaventura was also the producer for the Transformers franchise and Salt, two financially successful film projects that received mixed reviews from audiences.

These two guys, di Bonaventura and Schneider, are in the film business to make money that much is clear but does Schneider really believe that people will want to see a second The Devil Inside film?

They fooled us once with the first film, but they have to be seriously disconnected from reality to believe that they can fool us twice.

The Devil Inside: Horror, or Horrible?

If you were one of the unlucky many to see The Devil Inside this weekend, I am so, so sorry. Although the film pulled approximately $34.5 million in the box office, it also managed a meager 7% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

To put that 7% into perspective, Twilight received a 49%, and that movie catches all kinds of flak. Someone must have sold their soul no pun intended – to get The Devil Inside to the #1 spot.

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I admit that I did not see the movie this weekend, nor do I plan on seeing it anytime soon. Hell, not even Redboxs prices are low enough for this film. I watch a horror movie to be scared, not to have the horror come from actually sitting through the film.

But here’s the question: How did a movie this bad, this openly hated by critics, become the #1 seller in the box office? It had no 3-D elements, and there wasn’t a single blue alien fighting to save a tree.

Was it the nearly 4-minute red band trailer? Were people hoping the film would be like The Exorcist? Maybe it was the news of a filmgoer possessed during the premiere of the film. Whatever it was, this films box office results were clearly the product of masterful marking skills.

So now I want to hear from our audience members. Did anyone enjoy this film? Would you recommend that your friendly FrightCatalog.com blogger see the film and give an impression?

If enough people say yes, I’ll do it – I’ll watch a critically hated film, and then I’ll write about the experience.

Carrie Remake In The Works

Well, it seems 2012 is going down as the year of remakes. MGM and Sony Screen Gems currently have their hands on a remake of Stephen King’s Carrie.

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The two companies have their sights set on Kimberly Pierce as director. Pierce is best known for her work on the 1999 drama / romance / crime film Boys Don’t Cry, which Pierce directed and co-wrote.

Since it has been nearly forty years since the release of the original Carrie, Hollywood has taken it upon themselves to update the film for a new generation. The remake script was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who recently rewrote Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark on Broadway. Rumors claim that Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the remake as a version of Carrie that is more like the original Stephen King novel.

As long as this remake is nothing like the sequel The Rage: Carrie 2, it may actually turn out to be all right.

Evil Dead Remake: Out With The Ash, In With The Mia

When we previously discussed the Evil Dead remake, the writers were still aiming to have the character David as the star replacement for the original Ash. According to news released yesterday by Ghost House and Mandate Pictures, however, his sister Mia stole the limelight and will now wear the mantle as Ashs replacement.

The decision makes sense: no living male can match the manly, chainsaw-wielding imagery of Bruce Campbell’s Ash. But a female – that’s a whole different story. A woman can create her own image and personality as Ash, one that may even rival the original popularity of Bruce Campbell’s Ash.

Lilly Collins (The Blind Side, Priest, Mirror Mirror) is scheduled to play the part of Mia in the Evil Dead remake, which should hit cinema theaters on April 12, 2013.

Here’s a recent photo of Lilly:

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According to BloodyDisgusting, In this version, the story centers on five friends (David, Natalie, Eric, Olivia, and Mia) holed up at a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead with a demonic force unleashed possessing each until only one is left to fight for survival.

Mias character has a background of drug use, a habit that recently caused a nonfatal overdose. Mia goes with her friends to the cabin to escape from all temptations of drug relapse. Since she is struggling with sobriety, none of the other friends believe her claims of seeing and experiencing paranormal activity, like trees coming alive and attacking her.

The Evil Dead remake begins filming this March, in New Zealand.

Paranormal Activity 4 is Green for Go

In a press release sent out yesterday morning, Paramount Pictures stated that Paranormal Activity 3 earned $108 million in the US film market.

In addition, the release said, In 2012, Paramounts release slate highlights include ‘World War Z,’ a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation,’ the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise, and ‘The Dictator,’ starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind ‘Borat.

(Notice World War Z on is that list excited!)

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The original Paranormal Activity film cost only $15,000, though it brought in some $193 million in the worldwide box office. Even with its cheap ghost costumes, people could not get enough. Then, the second film of the series saw its financial backing rise to $3 million, and it earned approximately $177.5 million at the worldwide box office.

Although the third film in the series brought in the least amount of return, there are still enough fans out there to justify a fourth film. The press release did not state when we should expect Paranormal Activity 4 to hit theaters.

The Munsters Are Getting A Reboot

We live in an era of remakes and reimaginings, and The Munsters, the 1960s American television show about a family of monsters, is the latest installment to get a swift boot back into mainstream media.

According to Fangoria.com, Bryan Fuller, one of the core writers behind the television series Pushing Daisies, is credited with coming up with the reboots story. While the original Munsters show focused on campy, wholesome comedy and family ties, The Munsters reboot has its roots in modern-day drama, action-packed suspense, and some goofball silliness. Also, the original was only 30 minutes long, while the reboot is expected to be an hour’s worth of entertainment for each show.

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The reboot of The Munsters will see the story centered on Eddie Munster, the pre-teen werewolf with a heart of compassion, who is trying to come to terms with his werewolf transformations.

As for the other characters, Herman Munster is said to be more of a stud, who loves too much. Lily Munster, the perpetually beautiful matriarch of the family, works at a pet store, where she uses her magic to get the job done quickly. Grandpa Munster is a full-blown vampire, feasting on animals and struggling with a growing urge to consume human blood. Marilyn Munster, the only true human of the family, is the shows female sex appeal.

The show is expected to air sometime in 2012.

Rumors Claim Bill Murray Shreds Ghostbusters 3 Script

According to the National Enquirer, Bill Murray shredded the latest revision of the Ghostbusters 3 script. Murray then mailed the shredded script confetti to former co-stars and co-writers Harold Ramis and Dan Ackroyd. An attached note from Murray read, No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.

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This new script was written by the minds behind the US version of The Office. Various news sources claim the script would tell the tale of the original Ghostbusters handing the business over to a younger generation, thus continuing the series with a new cast of ghost-hunting heroes.

Sony Pictures has already stated that they would feel uncomfortable creating Ghostbusters 3 without Bill Murray. In addition, Sigourney Weaver, one of the original cast members of the previous films, insists she will only join the cast of Ghostbusters 3 if Murray joins, too. Since Murray was originally given the privilege of final approval for the Ghostbusters 3 script, his denial of the script foreshadows the potential death of this sequel.

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However, Dan Ackroyd claims the film will be made with or without Bill Murray, whose character Peter Venkman has been hailed as the backbone of the original Ghostbusters films. Sadly, we may never again see Murray don his Ghostbusters costume.