Originally rumored to be titled Slappy’s Revenge, creator R.L. Stine tweeted out the official title for Sony Pictures’ forthcoming Goosebumps sequel: Slappy Halloween. It’s a fun play on “Happy Halloween” and also confirms the return of the franchise villain, Slappy.
Sony Pictures has been building the film’s cast, recently adding Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Reno 911”, “The Goldbergs”, Bridesmaids), Ken Jeong (“Community”, Hangover), and Chris Parnell (Anchorman, Hotrod) to the ensemble. They join the previously announced cast of Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Ben O’Brien (Manchester by the Sea), Caleel Harris (“Castle Rock”), and Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), who are set to star.
Plot details are currently unknown, but it’s been rumored to follow three who friends must stop Slappy the dummy from starting the Halloween apocalypse. As of this writing, the pic is still set to release on Oct. 12, 2018.
Ari Sandel is directing the project, which is one of multiple iterations based on the dozens of books in the series that the studio is developing. Neal H. Moritz of Original Film and Deborah Forte of Silvertongue Films are producing.
R.L. Stine’s book series has sold over 350 million copies worldwide and inspired the studio to make a movie following the books’ author, played by Jack Black, and what happens after his stories begin to become a reality in a small town. 2015’s Goosebumps went on to gross $150 million worldwide.
Happy to announce that filming has begun on the Goosebumps movie sequel. Title: Slappy Halloween. Meanwhile, the new Goosebumps SlappyWorld book has just been published. pic.twitter.com/k8gQ1tIiC9
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) March 7, 2018