Jack Black Goosebumps

Columbia could’ve gone any number of ways with its Goosebumps movie, with literally dozens of Goosebumps books to draw from. But it chose to go the meta route, casting Jack Black as a fictionalized version of real-life Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine and pitting him against the very monsters that made him famous.

It’s something of a change of pace for Black, who plays slobs and screw-ups more often than he does bookish types. On the other hand, the film’s goofy tone looks right up his alley. Check out the first Goosebumps images, which also feature Odeya Rush and Dylan Minnette, after the jump.

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Plenty of us who grew up in the ’90s still have a dusty box of old Goosebumps novels tucked away somewhere in the attic, but Sony Pictures is actually doing something with its stash. The studio acquired dozens of R.L. Stine‘s bestselling scary stories a few years back, and is now joining forces with Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Aliens) to bring them to life on the big screen. Hit the jump to read more.

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Briefly: There is a generation or two for whom R.L. Stine is just as big a name as Stephen King. It’s not my generation — Goosebumps was after my time, and Stine’s influence on me was limited to his late-’70s, early ’80s kids’ magazine Bananas — but to those who’ve got fond or frightened memories of the author’s books, this one is for you. His upcoming book, the very Groundhog Day-sounding It’s the First Day of School…Forever!, has been optioned so that it may be adapted as a ‘family adventure’ movie.

THR lists a number of participating producers and explains that the book ” tells the story of 12-year-old Artie, whose second day at his new school is exactly like his first, which just happened to be the worst day of his life. The boy finds himself reliving the same horrible day and must find a way to change his nightmare.” There is no script yet, nor even a writer attached, so it’s also too early to think about casting, but we’ll follow up if things move forward.

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Chances are, if you were born in the last 30 years, you’ve either heard of or read one of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. The series, which features horror stories for kids, contains over 150 books which have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. The only bigger young adult publishing franchise is Harry Potter. Columbia Pictures picked up the film rights in 2008 and have just announced a screenwriter to kick-start the book series as a potential live-action franchise: Carl Ellsworth, the writer behind Disturbia, Red Eye and The Last House On the Left remake. It’ll be produced by Neal Moritz of Original Film and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment, who currently publishes the books. We have more details after the jump. Read More »

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