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Scholastic Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television and Neal H. Moritz’s Original Film Team Up to Develop Live-Action Goosebumps Series
Mega Best-Selling Scholastic Books by R. L. Stine Inspire New Show for Today’s Audiences
New York, NY, April 28, 2020 – Scholastic Entertainment, the media division of Scholastic, is joining forces with Sony Pictures Television, one of the industry's leading content providers, and Neal H. Moritz’s Original Film to develop a new live-action Goosebumps series based on the hugely-popular best-selling books by R. L. Stine, published by Scholastic. Executive Producers include Scholastic Entertainment President and Chief Strategy Officer Iole Lucchese and SVP & General Manager Caitlin Friedman as well as Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Original’s Head of Television Pavun Shetty.
“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,” said Lucchese. “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 loved making the Goosebumps movies and can’t wait to bring even more of R. L. Stine’s incredible stories to life through a high-end television series that speaks to both adults and kids alike,” said Moritz.
Goosebumps is one of the best-selling book series of all time, with more than 350 million English-language books in print, plus international editions in 32 languages. The smash-hit books became a global mega brand and a $2 billion consumer products program at retail, and continue to be a success with the current Goosebumps SlappyWorld series. The upcoming live-action series will further expand the fan-favorite franchise among audiences in the U.S. and around the world. The original hit live-action Goosebumps TV series was rated #1 for five consecutive seasons in the 1990s. The property also spawned two hugely-successful motion pictures starring Jack Black, released in 2015 and 2018, which together grossed more than $250 million.
Further supporting the upcoming Goosebumps series is a wealth of content currently available to fans in the U.S. and beyond. Scholastic’s Home Base—a free web and app experience built to be a fun and safe digital community for kids where they can discover new stories, connect with other readers, engage their creativity, and express themselves—features a Goosebumps area, where players can chat with the character Slappy, play games, and read and listen to excerpts from the books. In addition, the classic TV series is accessible to viewers on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.
About Neal H. Moritz
Neal H. Moritz is the founder of Original Film and one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood today. Moritz has produced more than 60 major motion pictures, which have earned a total of over $10 billion worldwide. Moritz has produced every film in the Fast franchise, including the ninth installment, Fast & Furious 9. He most recently produced Sonic the Hedgehog for Paramount, which had a record-breaking opening weekend, and Spenser Confidential, based on the “Spenser for Hire” novels, for Netflix. Moritz is currently in production on the sequel to Escape Room for Sony, and has Bloodshot, based on the Valiant comic series, for Sony awaiting release.
About Original Film TV
Original Film’s current series include The Boys on Amazon and SWAT on CBS. Its previous series include Preacher on AMC and Happy! on SyFy. Original Film just signed a three-year overall deal to remain at Sony.
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing, distributing and carrying programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global content business, operating 24 wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies in 12 countries, as well as linear and digital channels around the world. SPT is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.
About Scholastic Entertainment
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of literacy curriculum, professional services and classroom magazines, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. Scholastic Entertainment, the media division of Scholastic, brings quality, family-oriented content across multiple platforms to audiences across the globe. Among its award-winning productions are the animated series Clifford The Big Red Dog®, The Magic School Bus® and The Magic School Bus®: Rides Again as well as the Goosebumps® film franchise and live-action series. With several feature films and both live-action and animated series in development, Scholastic Entertainment continues to build celebrated children’s brands worldwide.
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