RL Stine's popular series of children's horror novels has now sold over 300m books worldwide

Jack Black is in talks to star in a big screen adaptation of RL Stine‘s popular children’s horror novel series Goosebumps.

According to TheWrap, Black would play a “Stine-like author” who gets the heebeegeebees when the creepy characters he creates start leaping off the page and coming to life.

Rob Letterman, with whom Black also worked on 2004’s Shark Tale and 2010’s Gulliver’s Travels, is on board as director. Neal H Moritz, one of the team behind the Fast And Furious series, is among the producers.

Stine’s first Goosebumps novel was published in 1992 and the series has now sold over 300 million books worldwide, making it the second most popular children’s book series ever behind Harry Potter. Goosebumps has already been adapted into a TV series, which ran from 1995 to 1998, as well as a stage play, video games and even a ride at Disney World in Florida.

An earlier film adaptation was planned in 1998, with Tim Burton lined up to direct, but the project never made it out of development.