‘Goosebumps’ Movie Starring Jack Black Gets a Release Date

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If you grew up in the 90s and knew how to read then there’s a good chance you probably read at least one of R.L. Stine’s extensive library of scary stories in the Goosebumps franchise. For kids who weren’t allowed to watch R-rated horror movies, these spooky and frequently silly (looking at you, “Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes”) novellas were a fun introduction to the horror genre.

According to the nostalgia clock it’s about time for the Goosebumps books to get a big screen adaptation, and Sony Pictures is obliging with a Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black as a Stine-esque writer who finds his horrific creations coming to life. If the film follows the structure of the books then there will probably be a cliffhanger every five minutes.

According to a report in Deadline, Goosebumps now has a release date set for March 23, 2016. It’s still a fairly long way off but the fact that there it’s been announced likely means that Sony has sorted out the scheduling. This project has already been in development for several years, so it’s promising to have a fixed date to look forward to.

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Jack Black and Rob Letterman also worked on ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’

Generally speaking, horror movies marketed towards kids tend to be pretty light on scares and geared more towards fun (see the likes of Scooby Doo and Frankenweenie), but Stine’s books were often genuinely scary – at least, from the perspective of an eight year-old. The author came up with a creative range of ghouls, ghosts, monsters and terrors to make up for the lack of gore, and the Goosebumps books frequently had had a sting in the tale with the protagonist meeting a sticky end just when they think they’re safe.

With a comic actor playing the lead and family-friendly director Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) at the helm, Goosebumps will probably be geared towards fun rather than scares. Still, with a screenplay from horror/thriller writer Carl Ellsworth (The Last House on the Left), perhaps there’ll be room for a nice dose of nastiness as well.


Goosebumps will arrive in theaters on March 23, 2016.

Source: Deadline

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  1. “Say Cheese And Die” was probably the best one I read out of the five available in my junior school library.

    I dunno, probably says a lot about me but I was 8 years old back in 1992, read a few Goosebumps books and remember thinking the writing was horrible compared to the big Sherlock Holmes book (“The Hounds Of The Baskervilles & Other Stories”, still got it somewhere) I’d previously read.

    Early developer, what can I say? Reading adult books aged 8 and as I was told earlier today by my mother, I was walking at the age of 10 months.

    I guess this could be fun though. Not “cinema price” fun but I’ll watch on TV. Watching Bernie recently reminded me how great Jack could be as an actor.

  2. I’m interested to see how many of the different books they are going to fit into the movie, while making sure to include all of the “favorites” that the fans crave.

  3. I may or may not still own an entire shelf of these books.

    • I may or may not can confirm or deny that I have a similiar situation as you.

  4. coo coo clokc of Doom

  5. Goosebumps books are a great fantasy geared-toward-horror in my grade school days. Not exactly pure horror that scare shock audience, but I do expect fantasy-horror-adventure for youth as the original ones always have. Jack Black do feels fit for this genre, hopefully this will be a nice movie.