Sony gives a go ahead to the sequel of Goosebumps bringing back the team together with Jack Black’s return still unconfirmed.
Goosebumps is the stuff that kids used to give kids nightmares and yet they bought and read every Goosebumps story that writer R.L. Stine ever wrote. Featuring a multitude of characters, stories and monsters, Goosebumps was like a collection of unrelated, picture-less comic books that introduced a mad world of monsters and horrors into kids’ lives.
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The books and the stories were of the kind that could be adapted into movies but all the books were so unrelated and so scattered that they would have had to be made into different movies for each story.
Fox studios planned to undertake that project in the 1998 but the development for a viable movie concept failed the studio and it was passed on to Sony in 2008.
However, director Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) and writer Darren Lemke (Turbo) adapted an idea of collectively present the story in which Stine had gathered all the monsters of his books into magical manuscripts which he keeps safe.
With a single accident, these monsters are set free. The movie concept beautifully tied the whole Goosebumps universe together in one fell swoop with Jack Black playing the role of R.L. Stine himself.
The movie performed decently on the box office earning upto $150 million which was pretty good especially to make the news of a sequel sound logical.
According to THR, the studio gave the go-ahead for the sequel before the first part even hit the theaters. The people at Sony might be Stine fans or they found the plot promising enough to pursue it to a series status.
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Sony has now got both Letterman and Lemke returning to pen and direct a sequel to the first Goosebumps movie. There are enough monsters left in the Goosebumps universe to easily support a sequel and make it exciting. The studio is yet to confirm Jack Black returning to reprise his role as Stine.