A sequel to the Goosebumps (2015) film has been met with excitement from fans of the hugely popular children’s horror novellas. Immediately following the success of the first film, Sony Pictures announced a sequel was in the making.
Following some months in the pre-production phases, a set ensemble cast has finally been announced; as it was also finally confirmed that Jack Black will be returning to the R.L. Stine franchise. According to Variety, Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT) will be joining the cast, serving as a lead role in the film. Following Taylor’s breakout from the massively popular IT (2017) remake, we knew it wouldn’t long before the young star would land another major role. His character, Ben Hanscom, was a fan favorite among those in the Losers Club. The film will also star Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock) and Ben O’Brien (Manchester by the Sea).
Tentatively titled, Goosebumps: Horrorland, the film’s plot is tight under wraps. Yet according to an Instagram post by the film’s director, Ari Sandel, the photo may provide some insight on the plot as Slappy the Dummy (a recurring antagonist in the Goosebumps series) is pictured. R.L. Stine also provided possible hints at the films plot through Twitter by posting, “The Goosebumps movie sequel is tentatively called Goosebumps Horrorland and is slated for September, 2018. Watch out for Slappy!”
The Goosebumps horror book series has published a total of 196 books (as of September 4th, 2017) and has sold over 350 million copies in 32 languages since 1992. The massive success of the book series has spawned television, video game and film adaptations. Goosebumps: Horrorland will be the second film adaptation within the franchise.
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