Country: United States
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Director: Rob Letterman, Ari Sandel
Jack Black is bringing the things that go bump in the night back to theaters in 2018, but audiences will have to wait a little longer than they initially expected. According to a new report from Deadline, Sony has pushed back the Goosebumps sequel by almost a month. Instead of hitting theaters on September 21, as originally planned, the Jack Black-starrer will debut on October 12. This move shouldn't be too worrisome for the Goosebumps faithful. While filming on the sequel hasn't yet begun, the fact that the studio is just moving it back by a month makes it seem like, at this point, there is confidence that it will be completed by October. Plus, this puts the film much closer to Halloween, a holiday that will invite the spooky frights of R.L. Stine with open arms. While the release date is solid at this point, there have been conflicting notions about the actual title of the anticipated sequel. Sony initially revealed that the film would be titled Goosebumps: Horrorland, but new reports suggested that it had been changed to Goosebumps: Slappy's Revenge. Regardless of which title the film ends up using, The Duff helmer Ari Sandel is set to direct the next Goosebumps installment, with Jack Black reprising his role as beloved author R.L. Stine
Now, according to a new report from Omega Underground, it seems as though plans have changed. The site is claiming that the sequel is now titled Goosebumps: Slappy's Revenge. This title lines up with one of the novels from R.L. Stine, and puts the spotlight on the fan-favorite character, Slappy the Puppet. If you recall, the character appeared in the first Goosebumps film, and was voiced by Jack Black. In addition to the supposed title change, OU is reporting that the film is set to return to Atlanta for production in the first half of 2018. That start date seems fairly likely, seeing as how we're just weeks away from entering 2018. However, the longer production on the film waits, the harder it's going to be to meet that fall 2018 release date. It looks as though the film will probably have to be pushed back into 2019. At this time, these reports remain unconfirmed, and there is still speculation as to whether or not Jack Black will be reprising his role as R.L. Stine in the sequel.
After some delays, the sequel to 2015’s ‘Goosebumps’ seems to be on track. Ari Sandel is attached to direct with a recognizable cast including Ken Jeong, Wendi McClendon-Covey and Chris Parnell on the adult side, plus ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”s Madison Iseman, ‘It”s Jeremy Ray Taylor and newcomers Jessi Goei, Caleel Harris, Ben O’Brien on the younger side. Jack Black is also returning, but it’s possible he will only provide the voice of Slappy the evil ventriloquist dummy Slappy. In the first movie, he appeared as R.L. Stine, the author of the original ‘Goosebumps’ books. Now the film has a title.