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Jack Black to Star in Adaptation of R.L. Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’

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Now this is scary.

The Wrap is reporting that Jack Black is in talks to star in a movie version of the classic scary-story franchise ‘Goosebumps’ most of us grew up reading as kids. Unfortunately, it all sounds like a really bad Adam Sandler comedy.

In the film, set up at Sony Pictures with Scholastic Books producing, Black would star as a fictionalized version of ‘Goosebumps’ author R.L. Stine; an author of scary books for kids whose creations suddenly come to life and start haunting him.

Despite coming off the best reviews of his career in Richard Linklater’s ‘Bernie,’ Black would reteam with Rob Letterman, director of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ – a film that gave Black some of the worst reviews of his career. Neal Moretz (‘R.I.P.D.’ and ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’) will produce for Sony. So, clearly they’re not swinging for the fences with this one.

‘Goosebumps’ is the second most popular book franchise in the world, behind only ‘Harry Potter.’ The stories were previously adapted into a live-action series and a video game. The books were never particularly great, but were always a window into the horror genre for many kids and are still looked back on fondly. This new movie does not seem to share that same fondness.

Black is currently filming ‘Sex Tape‘ with Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz.

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