A Goosebumps sequel is in the works, and it appears that the director of the first film, Rob Letterman, is now out of the project and Ari Sandel is in.
The release date for the sequel, tentatively titled Goosebumps: Horrorland, was originally planned for January 2018 but was soon pushed back to September 2018. It is still uncertain if Jack Black will return to star as R.L Stine, due to scheduling conflicts which we reported on here. Sony is currently developing two different scripts for the sequel, one of which features Stine and one that doesn’t. Upon its release in 2015, the first film was a financial success for Sony. It made $150 million on a $58 million budget. This time the studio is preparing to spend less in hopes of achieving a higher profit.
Goosebumps is based on the bestselling book series by R.L. Stine. The first film took a highly creative turn on the source material by featuring Stine himself within the plot.
Upset about moving from the big city to a small town, young Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush). The teen is surprised to learn that Hannah’s mysterious father is R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the famous author of the best-selling “Goosebumps” series. When Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters from the fantastic tales, it’s up to Stine, his daughter and Cooper to return the beasts back to the books where they belong.
Prior to being hired for the Goosebumps sequel, Ari Sandel directed the well-received 2015 teen comedy The Duff starring Bella Thorne (The Babysitter and Amityville: The Awakening), the upcoming romantic comedy When We First Met starring Alexandria Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D and Burying the Ex) and Adam Devine (The Final Girls and Pitch Perfect) and is attached to helm a live action version of Monster High.
Goosebumps: Horrorland is currently scheduled to be released on September 21st, 2018.