During a panel at Cinemacon, Sony Pictures revealed the official title of the upcoming Goosebumps sequel as Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween. This was incredibly unexpected for fans, as R.L. Stine leaked the working title as Slappy Halloween, a title that referenced the series’ iconic evil dummy.
Sony also revealed an official release date of October 12, 2018 in a new teaser video featuring Slappy the dummy (below). In the video, Slappy is voiced by Jack Black, but there is no word as to whether or not he will be reprising his role as R.L. Stine. Additional cast members were announced and include: Wendy McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs, Bridesmaids), Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Dr. Ken), Saturday Night Live alumnus, Chris Parnell with Odeya Rush returning as Hannah.
Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween – What We Know
The film is being directed by Ari Sandel (The Duff) and was written by Rob LIeber (Peter Rabbit). The first Goosebumps was directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) with no official word as to why he is not involved in part two.
No details about the film’s storyline have been revealed, but it seems as if many elements from various books will be used to craft a fun, family-friendly sequel, just like in the original. There were rumors about Slappy causing a Halloween apocalypse, but that has not been confirmed.
The first installment earned $80 million, domestically, and about $150 million, worldwide. The allure of this film is one of nostalgia where many millenials are drawn to the film popularized by the beloved book series of their childhood and now have an opportunity to introduce the series to their children with an updated, fresh story, and at Halloween time, to boot!
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