If you grew up in the nineties, chances are good you were terrified by one… or perhaps several episodes of Goosebumps. The half hour series took R.L. Stine’s legendary books and always faithfully adapted them to often unnerving results.
Now, it seems Disney+ are looking to recapture that nineties magic with a television reboot of Goosebumps slated to premiere on October 13th 2023.
Seeming to take a more story driven approach than the 1990s series, Disney+ seems to describe a series that has an overarching story, whilst still incorporating the elements that made Stine’s books so successful, much like the recent feature adaptions.
“Three decades after a teenage boy named Harold Biddle passed away, the friends throw a Halloween party in his old house, prompting a new haunted reality to come to life. As the kids work together to save their town, they find out some chilling discoveries about their own families.”
Rob Letterman, director of the 2015 Goosebumps feature film will direct the pilot episode from a script by Nick Stoller. Both men will also oversee the entire project as executive producers.
Whilst little is known besides the provided plot synopsis, it is expected the reboot series will very much mirror the feature films, taking inspiration from Stine as opposed to directly adapting his works.
Goosebumps is set to star Justin Long, Rachael Harris, Ana Yi Puig, Miles McKenna, Will Price, Zack Morris, and Isa Briones, and is billed as a “horror-comedy series.”
You can check out Disney’s first teaser below, and catch the first episode October 13th on Disney+ and Hulu.