Variety reports that Columbia Pictures Columbia Pictures has acquired rights from Scholastic Media to bring R.L. Stine's young-adult Goosebumps series to the bigscreen. The series has sold 300 million books, a young-adult feat second only to Scholastic's "Harry Potter" series .

Scholastic's Deborah Forte is producing alongside Neal Moritz via his Sony-based Original Film banner.

Moritz said they likely will cast unknown child actors and then pepper the film with well-known thesps in supporting roles, much like Warner did with the "Harry Potter" franchise.

First published in 1992, the original "Goosebumps" series comprises more than 50 books and has been published in 32 languages. Stine's "Goosebumps HorrorLand" books a new 12-book series that feature characters from the original series such as Slappy the Dummy, the Haunted Mask and the Mummy hit shelves last month. In the fall, Scholastic Interactive will launch a "Goosebumps" videogame.

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