I’m going to say it, and I’m going to say it with pride: Goosebumps was a blast of a flick. Jack Black absolutely slayed as R.L. Stine (he was born to play this role), the CGI was surprisingly less-hokey than expected (that big ass bug rocked) and the film ended up making for the most enjoyable trek to the cinema I’ve had in a long time. The movie may be flawed, but no one can convince me it wasn’t an uber-successful blast: just can’t be done.
The moment my daughter and I walked out of that theater I looked at her and told her we’d see a part 2 made, and she seemed keen on the idea of returning to the franchise. When you’re impressing a “cool” 14-year old basketball standout (this automatically pushed her school popularity through the roof, something I never quite enjoyed), you’re winning. Not Charlie Sheen winning, Goosebumps 2 winning.
The Hollywood Reporter is making it known that Sony is already working on a sequel which will see both Rob Letterman (director) and Darren Lemke (writer) returning, if all goes well. If you’re going to duplicate the magic of a franchise starter, recruiting the beasts who made the first film a success seems like a good play. Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz will also return to produce.
No word on whether or not Jack Black will reprise his role, but given the fact that he most certainly made a cool chunk of change for his work, coupled with the fact that he’s expressed value in making films his kids can watch, it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch seeing him return. Also worth keeping in mind, he’s no stranger to sequels/consistent franchise revisits (Kung Fu Panda, Tenacious D).
We’re hoping this one moves along quickly and smoothly. A return from the focal ensemble as a whole would be stellar, but we’ll have to wait before we receive further casting updates. Rest assured, though, we’ll keep you in the loop!
After opening in the top spot at the box office, Goosebumps pulled down more than $80 million at the domestic office with an additional foreign mark of $76 million, pushing the film’s big screen earnings to $156 million, nearly three times the pic’s $58 million budget. That, of course, makes the film a certified success. Further proof that Sony is doing the right thing looking into a Goosebumps 2.
Here’s the first film’s synopsis, in case you’ve deprived yourself a good time by skipping the film:
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, Hannah, and Zach’s friend Champ (Ryan Lee) to get all of them back in the books where they belong.