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Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth seems to have a knack for putting adolescents in life-threatening situations on the silver screen so it seems only natural he’s been chosen to lead the script charge for Goosebumps, Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of the best selling novel series.

HR’s Risky Biz blog reports the writer behind the upcoming Red Dawn remake and 2007’s Disturbia has been picked to flesh out a tale based on the R.L. Stine book series. Neal Moritz is producing via Original Film banner while Deborah Forte is on board through publisher Scholastic Entertainment. Ellsworth is the latest writer set for the task after Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander previously worked on their own drafts.

Second only to the “Harry Potter” series in worldwide book sales in the young-focused section, the “Goosebumps” series has sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. While straight-to-video versions of the R.L. Stine book series have been made, the project will mark the first feature adaptation of the series and could become a franchise for Columbia.