Ah, Goosebumps. The books bring up feelings of nostalgia for a couple of generations, and whether you want it to happen or not, an on-screen adaptation is on its way. Rob Letterman is directing the film, and a recent press release detailed the plot. Guys, it sounds bonkers.
First of all, R.L. Stine is a character in the movie and he’s being played by Jack Black. Yep. Check out this synopsis:
In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
Even if it sounds over the top and like it will be too silly, they could spin it in a meaningful way. Maybe. Hopefully. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.