Readers Beware You’re In For A Scare!
No one becomes a horror movie fan overnight, most fans can trace back their love for the genre all the way to their childhood; with shows like The Twilight Zone, Are You Afraid Of The Dark, and last but not least, Goosebumps! Based off of the kid-friendly horror novellas by author R.L. Stine, Goosebumps were self-contained stories for kids with classic horror-themed roots. So when Sony announced a brand new, live-action Goosebumps film, families and young adults flocked to see it. Sony was not only banking on Jack Black but also on theatergoers seeking nostalgia for the silly and fantastical stories that made us not so afraid to enjoy scary things.
With the moderate success of the live-action Goosebumps (2015) film starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush, Sony had already been planning a sequel prior to its release. It’s been recently announced by Variety that Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Peter Rabbit) is on board for writing the sequel’s script. It’s also to be believed that Jack Black might not reprise his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine due to schedule conflicts, but nothing has been confirmed as of now. Jack Black not being confirmed for the sequel is also largely due to Sony cutting costs. “Lieber’s treatment is not believed to have a role for Jack Black, although sources caution that Black could still come on board the project if his schedule allows,”
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“Other scripts that are being considered do have Black’s character and are based on other books in the “Goosebumps” book series. Sony originally slated the “Goosebumps” sequel for a September 2018 release. That could be a hard date to hit given that the project is still in the script phase and the film still needs to be cast.” -Bret Lang, Variety
The main plot device for the upcoming sequel that fans are anticipating is “Horrorland”. If you’re not familiar with the books, Horrorland is a fictional monster theme park that first appeared in “One Day At Horrorland”. Since then, multiple spin-offs have emerged that integrate other creatures from the Goosebumps archive.
Production has not yet begun, so be sure to follow Nightmare on Film Street for any new updates regarding Goosebumps: Horrorland.
A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.