It wasn’t a box-office smash, but the live-action adaptation of R.L. Stine’s famous teen-friendly horror series Goosebumps was a solid hit. So Sony is scaring up a sequel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is close to locking down deals with the first film’s director, Rob Letterman, and writer Darren Lemke to return for the followup. The only thing missing is a deal with the film’s star Jack Black, though it’s apparently the studio’s “goal” to bring him back to reprise his role as a fictionalized version of Stine.
No word yet on what shape the story might take, but considering there are literally 100+ books to draw from for inspiration, you’d have to think there are more than enough spooky stories to dig into for inspiration. No doubt: Stine is nothing if not prolific.
The first film earned $80 million at the U.S. box office, plus an additional $77 million internationally. Not a ton, admittedly, but a solid investment on a modest budget of $58 million. Plus, the film has proven to be a solid hit on home video (gotta love that family-friendly sweet spot), so a sequel would hold similar potential.
Are you glad to hear the franchise will continue? Did you like the direction Black took the character?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)