'First Day' has been optioned by Gotham Group to be made into a family adventure film. It seems likely, however, that the adaptation of Stine's 'The Sitter' will beat it to the big screen.
"Yes, that story is true," Stein told Moviefone when asked about a 'First Day' film. "I also have an adult movie in the works based on my novel 'The Sitter.' It's called 'The Au Pair' now, and it's being produced by Sam Raimi's company. There's actually a script!"
'The Au Pair' tells the story of Ellie Saks, a young woman tired of her dead-end job and loser boyfriend, so she flees the city to become a nanny for a well-off family in the Hamptons. While there, a series of mysterious events, from threatening messages to disturbing supernatural experiences, unfolds and she realizes she is in danger and attempts to find out why.
Stine is, of course, the author behind some of the most beloved young-adult fiction of the last two decades. The 67-year-old author's books, which include the 'Fear Street,' 'Goosebumps,' 'Mostly Ghostly' and 'Nightmare Room' series, have sold over 300 million copies.
The author has had good luck bringing his novels to television as both TV movies and series, but the adaptations of 'The Sitter' and 'It's the First Day of School ... Forever' will be Stine's first novels to make it to the big screen.
Gotham Group CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein will co-produce the adaptation of 'First Day' with Gotham's executive VP of production and development Eric Robinson, longtime Stine collaborator Yvonne Bernard and Gemini Girls Productions' Beth Elise Hawk. The production company intends to have a script written before pitching the adaptation to a studio.
Dark Horizons reports that 'The Sitter' adaptation was written by Dana Stevens with Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst producing for Raimi's Ghost House Pictures.