Did you grow up reading books by R.L. Stine and are a fan of Sam Raimi’s horror movies? Have you stopped to wonder how either could be any sweeter? Sam Raimi is set to produce a movie based on R.L. Stine’s adult thriller novel, The Sitter.
Most of us familiar with the works of R.L. Stine mostly remember him for his Goosebumps and Fear Street book series, or for the TV shows based on Goosebumps and The Nightmare Room. He has, however, written adult thrillers as well. The Sitter is about a girl named Ellie who decides to fund an exciting summer in the Hamptons by becoming a nanny. Soon, things take a horrifying turn as she becomes threatened and haunted by her past.
R.L. Stine is no stranger to having his material adapted. Goosebumps was a popular TV series based on the book series of the same name, and The Nightmare Room was a less popular TV series based on the book series of the same name. TV movies have also been made for his books The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It and Mostly Ghostly. There was even once a TV pilot made for the book series The Ghosts of Fear Street. “The Sitter” marks the first time, however, that an adaptation of one of his books would not be aimed at children.
Sam Raimi is a well-known horror director, though his scary movies are pretty funny. Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell are both more like dark comedies. However, his brand of camp matches what a generation of grown-ups who grew up reading R.L. Stine books have learned to love, just more adult.
The film adaptation of R.L. Stine’s book is to be called “Au Pair”. Picked up by Ghost House Pictures, it will be produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Sean and Bryan Furst. The plot of the movie doesn’t seem to be all that different from The Sitter. It still follows a girl who’s spending her summer in the Hamptons as a nanny, but then her job takes a frightening turn. The title change alone suggests that there will be changes from the book, however, with R.L. Stine’s wife Jane as a co-producer, I can’t imagine that the movie would disappoint the author.
People may be unaware that R.L. Stine has ever written adult thrillers, so my only fear is when people hear that the movie is based on one of his books, they might think it’s for children. With Raimi attached, I’m pretty sure that children who see the movie by mistake would never sleep again. It’s also not clear if the release will be theatrical or straight-to-DVD. If theatrical, it would be the first adaptation of one of Stine’s properties to be released as such. However, for R.L. Stine and Sam Raimi fans, this has the potential to be a perfect team up.
“Sam Raimi to produce adaptation of R.L. Stine’s ‘The Sitter'” The Hollywood Reporter
Emmaleigh R. Hall, “Sam Raimi, Horror Director?” Associated Content