Disney+ has announced the Just Beyond series from writer Seth Grahame-Smith. The upcoming horror/comedy anthology is based on the best-selling BOOM! Studios graphic novel series from iconic children's writer R.L. Stine (Goosebumps). Disney+ hopes to have a writers room assembled in the near future with an expected release date in the fall of 2021. The show will be comprised of 8 episodes. It's too soon to tell if the series will be able to meet that particular goal due to current events, but the studio seems pretty confident.
The new Just Beyond show was created by Seth Grahame-Smith, who has a history of moving between horror and comedy as author of the bestselling novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Additionally, he was the screenwriter for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows,The Lego Batman Movie, and more. He had this to say about tackling R.L. Stine's source material for Disney+.
"I grew up watching Twilight Zone reruns and the original Amazing Stories with my parents. I've always wanted to make a genre anthology series that families could enjoy together, and do it in a way that delivered for kids and adults alike. R.L. Stine has been a part of millions of childhoods, and Disney+ has already proven itself as a place that knows how to make high-quality shows for the whole family. I couldn't be more excited to be working with both of them."
R.L. Stine is also very excited about his new partnership with Seth Grahame-Smith and Disney+ for Just Beyond. "Back in the day, we had a Goosebumps HorrorLand attraction at Walt Disney World. It was one of the thrills of my life," says the author. "Now I'm thrilled to be back with Disney for the TV series based on my graphic novels." Stine went on to further talk about the project. He explains.
"Writing Just Beyond for BOOM! Studios has been a joy from the beginning, and I'm so happy to have the wonderful screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith bring the series to life on Disney+. How lucky can I be?"
R.L. Stine never sought out to be a horror author for children and young adults. However, Stine clearly enjoys what he does and seems genuinely excited about the upcoming Just Beyond series. Fans of the author will more than likely also be very happy about the graphic novels getting a small screen adaptations, especially with a Disney partnership.
Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg will produce the Just Beyond series through their KatzSmith Productions banner. KatzSmith is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. BOOM! Studios is represented by UTA and Matt Saver. Just Beyond is produced by 20TH Century Fox Television, a part of Disney Television Studios. Grahame-Smith will serve as writer and executive producer alongside David Katzenberg, Stephen Christy and Ross Richie. R.L. Stine is attached as co-executive producer. You can check out the announcement below, thanks to the Disney+ Twitter account.