For almost 30 years R. L. Stine has been giving us a look into the world of horror fiction for kids. The Goosebumps series has been made into film and TV series over the years. Now it has been reported that Stine’s The Babysitter is heading to television. A recent tweet by Lookout Entertainment who has worked with Stine since 1996 is working with Chernin Entertainment (Planet of the Apes, The Greatest Showman) on the adaptation of The Babysitter. For the time being, all we have is the tweet and no other details.

Stine’s The Babysitter is a series of four novels that were published between 1989 and 1995. Jenny Jeffers in the series is a sixteen-year-old babysitter who is the target of threatening phone calls. Throughout the novels, Jenny continues to have strange and threatening phone calls while she is babysitting. Is her past coming back to haunt her?

Stine over the years has had an extensive career in children’s horror genre. Working in the school library, I couldn’t keep his Goosebumps series on the shelf. Many times we had to order replacement copies because the books got so worn out. The Babysitter is not as well-known but I foresee libraries stocking up when the television series hits.

Stine’s The Babysitter isn’t the only franchise going to film. Fear Street a trilogy is going to feature film. Leigh Janiak (Panic, Scream: The TV series) is set to direct all three films. The exiting thing about these films is all three will take place in the fictional town of Shardside, Ohio. The catch, all will be in a different era from the 1600s, the 1970s and 1990s. I for one am looking forward to these films and by the time they are released, I hope my grandson will be of the age to enjoy them too.

Eneba Many GEOs

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