Scott Alexander

Will a 'Goosebumps' movie scare up the books' audience?

Will a 'Goosebumps' movie scare up the books' audience?

There was a time when the idea of a movie based on the "Goosebumps" series of books would have seemed as natural as a Harry Potter visit to the wand shop.

"Goosebumps," after all, had turned scores of pre-teens into obsessive readers with its mix of laughs and light scares. So popular was R.L. Stine's anthology series — a seeming never-ending carousel of kid heroes and colorful monsters — that for several years the books tallied more than $100 million in annual revenue for publisher Scholastic and made Stine the top-selling author in the country. If you hadn't kept up to date on the latest "Goosebumps," you might as well just pack up and...