Justin Long to Star in Live-Action Goosebumps Series at Disney+

The cast is coming together for the upcoming Goosebumps reboot series at Disney+. Back in February, it was reported that a new live-action TV series was ordered to series at the streaming platform inspired by the best-selling books by R.L. Stine. Now, Variety reports that Long has boarded the new show in a series regular role. We can presume that additional casting announcements will be soon forthcoming.

Long’s character has been named as Nathan Bratt, a new schoolteacher who “develops a terrifying connection to a decades-old supernatural murder.” It has also been stated by Disney that the new Goosebumps series will specifically take inspiration from five of the most popular books in the series. A provided description of the show is as follows:


“The series follows a group of five high schoolers who unleash supernatural forces upon their town and must all work together — thanks to and in spite of their friendships, rivalries and pasts with each other — in order to save it, learning much about their own parents’ teenage secrets in the process.”

Nick Stoller and Rob Letterman co-created this new take on Goosebumps. The two serve as executive producers alongside Kevin Murphy, who also serves as showrunner, as well as Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film, Conor Welch of Stoller Global Solutions, Erin O’Malley, and Iole Lucchese and Caitlin Friedman of Scholastic Entertainment. Julia Ruchman, James Eagan, and Nick Adams will co-executive produce.

There Have Been Several Goosebumps Adaptations


Neal H. Moritz, an executive producer on the new series, also served as a producer on the two live-action Goosebumps movies starring Jack Black as R.L. Stine. The first Goosebumps movie was also directed by Rob Letterman, who co-created the upcoming series for Disney+; the sequel, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, was helmed by Ari Sandel. The films were hits at the box office and earned more than $250 million.

There was also a live-action TV series adaptation that aired for four seasons and 74 episodes from 1995 to 1998. Each episode of the anthology series took inspiration from a different Goosebumps book. These days, many fans of the show are nostalgic for it, especially in regard to its catchy theme song. The series also featured many celebrities in early roles, such as Ryan Gosling, Laura Vandervoort, and Hayden Christensen. In recent years, the series is still getting watched by fans due to its availability on Netflix for streaming.

It all goes back to the original book series from prolific author R.L. Stine. Also a product of the 1990s, the Goosebumps books originally consisted of 62 titles, though various spinoffs were also developed. To date, over 400 books have been sold worldwide, making Goosebumps the second-best-selling book series of all time behind only J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It is therefore not much of a surprise to see Disney going back to that Goosebumps well to roll the dice with another television series adaptation.

A release date has not yet been set for the new Goosebumps series at Disney+.