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It’s Jack Black As R.L. Stine In ‘Goosebumps’!!! #SDCC

Before Jack Black takes the San Diego Comic-Con stage Thursday, July 24 for Columbia Pictures‘ Goosebumps panel, EW has the first ever stills from the adaptation directed by Rob Letterman, who Black worked with on Shark Tale and Gulliver’s Travels.

In Goosebumps, in theaters August 7, 2015, Black plays the book’s author R.L. Stine.

The adaptation of the R.L. Stine books series follows a young boy who moves with his mother and sister to the small town of Greendale, Maryland. There, he meets veteran Young Adult horror author R. L. Stine, played by Jack Black. The infamous Slappy – a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy – comes into play and sets free the many many demons of Stine’s mind. Stine’s niece teams with the boy to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.

Black tells EW that he chose to do the movie because “It’s funny and scary—something that would be great to take my kids to.,” adding, “and something that would be fun to make.

Kids like scary movies, but you can’t take them to what are the big scary movies now where Satan comes out and bites your genitals off,” he joking continues. “Those movies can actually leave you mentally scared; that’s not for kids. But kids still like to get a little thrill and a little danger, so you need projects like this.

Hopefully a trailer will debut next week at the Comic-Con!


Image Source: EW and Columbia Pictures



  • Khy

    I’m actually extremely excited. Maybe if this does well they can do a sequel called Fear Street for us older fans based on R.L. Stines Fear Street books.

    • The_Banshee

      Fear Street would be DOPE

    • Chandler Of-Adelaide

      Based on the approach they’re taking, would you REALLY want a Fear Street follow-up?

  • 321sponge1

    I was a huge Goosebumps fan as a kid, but this just seems like a huge joke. I’m thoroughly interested in seeing how this plays out because I love the Goosebumps brand so much, but as of right now it just seems like they’re going for the silly, not the scary, vibe. I wanted something that Took me back the amazing goosebumps tv episodes like The Haunted Mask, which is still an awesome episode to this day. Not some goofy jack black comedy.
    I hope I’m not disappointed. I just don’t want them to change what goosebumps was when I was a kid, to something dumb and not scary. I’m probably a little bit more passionate about this than most though. Goosebumps was just like a massive part of my childhood. But I’m glad BD is covering this movie. I’m definitely going to be following it. Hope the trailer proves me wrong about the tone they’re going for.

    • The_Banshee

      Wow… You do realize that Goosebumps was about the ‘silliest, non-scary’ thing ever put to page? You should take it a little less seriously.

  • CrackTheSkye1990

    Wow Jack black looks just like rl stine in this. He must have lost a lot of weight for the part. The plot sounds good and hopefully they use the original theme song and logo.

    • Chandler Of-Adelaide

      Yeah he looks just like him in that he has dark hair, a face and glasses…but that’s about where the similarities end.

  • The_Banshee

    hahaha, can’t wait for this movie. What a batshit crazy idea, one that just might work!

  • Cameron Fraser

    weren’t there no zombies in any of the Goosebumps books?

    • Trippy Leatherface

      I think these are the only ones

  • Tyler McPherson

    Reminds me of the Goosebumps episode and book, Welcome to Dead House.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I can’t wait for a trailer. I’m hoping Slappy still looks scary as ever.

  • baronterror

    I’m actually thinking this will be very good. COuld be. I was just a bit too old for Goosebumps, but I still watched the show after school (in high school) and liked alot of it. Even read a couple of books. Definately read Fear Street & other RL Stein books. So hopeful for this.

  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    I’m not digging the story at all. I’d have much preferred the funding to go towards a reboot of the tv series, bringing the books to life with better actors and a better budget.

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