By Zach Johnson
The latest news from Disney+ is giving us goosebumps! The streaming service has ordered the eight-episode series Just Beyond from writer and executive producer Seth Grahame-Smith. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the horror/comedy anthology, based on the best-selling BOOM! Studios graphic novel series from iconic children’s writer R.L. Stine, was created by Grahame-Smith, who famously blended horror and comedy as author of the novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the screenwriter of the films Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, The Lego Batman Movie and The Saint.
“I grew up watching Twilight Zone reruns and the original Amazing Stories with my parents,” says Grahame-Smith. “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.”
“Back in the day, we had a Goosebumps HorrorLand attraction at Walt Disney World,” says Stine. “It was one of the thrills of my life. Now I’m thrilled to be back with Disney for the TV series based on my graphic novels. 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?”
A writers room for Just Beyond is being assembled and the series is expected to debut on Disney+ in the fall of 2021. Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg will be producing the series through their KatzSmith Productions banner.