‘Goosebumps’ Scares Up a Sequel With Jack Black Eyed to Return
Although Goosebumps didn’t do crazy-amazing business at the box office, the 2015 film based on R.L. Stine’s prolific youth horror franchise did well enough — more importantly, the surprisingly delightful adaptation appealed to fans of all ages with a style and tone reminiscent of ’80s family horror flicks. If you were a fan of Goosebumps, then you’re surely a fan of today’s news, as Sony is moving ahead on a sequel with original director Rob Letterman and screenwriter Darren Lemke in talks to return.
In a time when studios are shamelessly mining our nostalgia for new franchises, a movie like Goosebumps is a rarity — a film that captures the spirit of its source material and plays well to fans both old and new. Sony hopes to recapture a bit of that magic, as THR reports that Letterman and Lemke are closing deals to return for Goosebumps 2, with Jack Black also being eyed to return to reprise his role as series author R.L. Stine.
Part of what made the first film so successful was its meta-narrative in which Black played the famous author, whose various monsters and ghouls came to life to wreak havoc on a small town. It’s unclear if any of his co-stars will also be asked to return, including Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush — the latter played Stine’s teenage daughter.
Goosebumps 2 does not yet have a release date.