2015’s family-friendly horror movie Goosebumps was a hit with both nostalgic adults and their creepy kids, but until now it was unclear if Jack Black would be returning for the 2018 sequel. Whether because of scheduling conflicts or Sony wanting to cut costs, a Goosebumps 2 without Black reviving his role as author R.L. Stine would be truly scary – but fear not! He should be included in the film according to the most recent reports.
The film is set to be directed by Ari Sandel (When We First Met, The Duff, and Oscar-winning short West Bank Story) and will begin production early this year in Atlanta. Two different scripts were in development, one of them written by Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). Both scripts are based on concepts from the spooky anthology children’s series, but one features the character of R.L. Stine and the other does not; Jack Black’s new availability may be the reason that what was previously anticipated as Goosebumps: Horrorland will now more likely be Goosebumps: Slappy’s Revenge.
The original Goosebumps stars Black in a delightfully quirky yet somehow reserved performance as R.L. Stine, the curmudgeonly author with a heart of gold. Black also provides the voice of the wacky main antagonist Slappy the Dummy. The movie features numerous monsters straight from the book series, including The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, and vengeful Lawn Gnomes. In the movie they are accidentally set free by the author’s daughter Hannah and her friends Zach and Champ, played by Odeya Rush, Dylan Minette, and Ryan Lee. There is no word yet if the younger actors will be returning for the sequel.
Viewer beware, you are in for a scare! Goosebumps 2 is currently scheduled to come out on October 12th, just in time for Halloween.