Sunday, 5 March 2017

Goosebumps sequel set for 2018

Get ready to be scared once again. Goosebumps (2015), the movie based on R.L. Stine's series of best selling pulp pre-teen horror books, is getting a sequel, and a release date has now been set for January 2018.

A follow-up to family frightfest was mentioned back in April, but now word comes from Exhibitor Relations that Sony Pictures have set the release date for the usually quiet first month of next year.

The creative team from the first movie – director Rob Letterman, screenwriter Darren Lemke, and producers Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz – will be back for the new movie. There is no indication yet whether the other cast (which included Amy Ryan, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush) would return for more, but the studio is likely just focused on winning Jack Black, who played the author R.L. Stine himself, back for now.

The first movie was warmly received by audiences and critics alike, and took a respectable – if not earth shattering – $150m box office take against a $58m budget. It had an even more successful run on home video – but more importantly, a legion of Goosebumps books fans eager for more. Filming is due to begin later this year.

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