Sony Pictures’ film adaptation of Goosebumps – R.L. Stine’s extremely popular supernatural horror for kids’ book series – has gone through a few release date shifts, but now it’s set to arrive at last in time for the 2015 Halloween season. The film’s official Twitter page teased the impending release of a trailer, via a #UnlockGoosebumps campaign to get fans of the property excited (and involved).
Those efforts have paid off, as the first official Goosebumps trailer has been released online (see above). For those just tuning in, the movie stars Dylan Minnette (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) as Zach Cooper, a teenage who moves in next door to the film’s version of R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black) – only to discover that there’s more to Stine’s beloved scary stories than meets the eye.
The Goosebumps trailer reveals more about the movie’s Hocus Pocus-style narrative, including how Zach inadvertently helps to unleash the many, many creatures imagined by Stine – be they giant prying mantises, knife-tossing garden gnomes, or Slappy the Dummy – from the printed page and into the real world. There are a whole ton of Goosebumps monsters that make an appearance in the live-action film adaptation, though it seems the more famous ones (like Slappy) are going to be taking up the bulk of the spotlight.
You can check out the poster for Goosebumps, below:
Goosebumps was scripted by Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After, Turbo) – based on a screen story concocted by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes) – and directed by Rob Letterman, the helmsman of Monsters vs. Aliens and the Jack Black-starring Gulliver’s Travels. Based on the shared credentials of those storytellers and the first trailer footage, it seems fair to assume that Goosebumps is going to be a pretty harmless family-friendly adventure (complete with CGI beasts wreaking havoc) – but also one that doesn’t exactly make creative use of its source material’s monsters and/or concepts.
Of course, Black himself has said that Goosebumps the movie is intended for a younger audience – one that will be more preoccupied by the creepy, kooky, abominable creatures running wild (not so much unique story beats or character arcs). And similar to Sony’s upcoming Pixels, the nostalgia factor might be handled well enough here for adults/parents to find something to like, too.
The cast of Goosebumps includes Jack Black and Kyle Minnette, along with Odeya Rush (The Giver), Halston Sage (Neighbors), Ken Marino (Children’s Hospital), Amy Ryan (Birdman), and Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street).
Goosebumps opens in U.S. theaters on October 16th, 2015.
Source: Sony Pictures