Burton to produce Fox’s ‘Goosebumps’

Pic will be based on amalgamation of 62-book series

Helmer-writer-producer Tim Burton has struck a deal with Chris Meledandri’s Fox Family Films to produce a feature version of “Goosebumps,” based on R.L. Stine’s bestselling series of children’s thrillers.

Burton, who made his producing debut with “Edward Scissorhands” in 1990, will produce “Goosebumps” in association with Scholastic Productions and Parachute Entertainment.

Though he often oversees the films he directs, the “Goosebumps” deal was made for Burton only to produce the live action suspenser, adding his unique story and visual sensibility to the project.

Burton next will hire a writer for the project, which will not be based on a single book, but will be amalgamation of characters and storylines and tone of the 62-book series. Scholastic publishes a new “Goosebumps” book every month.

Fox Family landed worldwide rights to the series more than two years ago, but the project has been stalled due to protracted negotiations with Scholastic and Parachute.

The project marks the first project Burton has done with Fox since “Scissorhands.” In addition to that film, Burton has proved his mettle as a producer with such films as “Mars Attacks,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Ed Wood” and “Batman Returns.” The former Disney animator is next slated to direct Nicolas Cage in Warner Bros.’ “Superman.”

In October, Hollywood Pictures inked a deal with Parachute, which controls the rights to Stine’s works, to create a film franchise based on Stine’s “Fear Street” series (Daily Variety, Oct. 31).

Fox Children’s Network acquired the broadcast rights to “Goosebumps” in 1995 and has had success with a highly-rated Saturday morning series.

Burton is represented by the William Morris Agency.

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