Columbia Pictures has hired Jack the Giant Killer and Shrek Forever After scribe Darren Lemke to pen the screenplay for their long-awaited big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps.

Columbia picked up the rights to more than fifty books from R.L. Stine way back in 2008, stories of which focus mainly on the world of YA horror. In terms of bringing this first adaptation to theaters, the studio has already thrown many writers at it, all of which have failed to crack the perfect formula. Darren Lemke will be starting his screenplay from scratch.

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No story has been decided upon just yet, but it will follow the Goosebumps tradition of paying homage to classic horror films such Night of the Living Dead and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, only without such horror tropes as blood, excessive violence, and sex. These seemingly-needed aspects of the horror genre will be replaced with jokes.

There is no official word on when Goosebumps will actually go before the camera.