Ever since the Goosebumps feature film was announced last year, fans of the tween-centric horror book series have wondered just how author R.L. Stine’s many stories would be translated to the silver screen. Would a singular story drive the narrative? Would the film link up a whole bunch of Stine’s books? Would there be a new story to send chills down its audience’s spines? Do tweens really think about these things, or was all this speculation fueled by the grownups who used to read the books as kiddos?
Turns out, yes. Really, yes — to all of that. (And probably yes to that last query, too.)
The film has just started shooting, and with that relatively benign news comes the first reveal of the feature’s official synopsis, thanks to Sony Pictures:
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.
So Goosebumps the film is about “Goosebumps” the book series, quite literally? But there will also be a lot of monsters? And Jack Black will be playing the guy who wrote it, sort of? Sure, it’s a bit of a stretch, but you know what? It actually sounds like the sort of story we’d find in a standalone “Goosebumps” book. It’s kinda cute, really! And, as scary as the “Goosebumps” books are, they’re also fun and sweet and clever, and it sounds like that’s what Goosebumps the film is going for. Fun for the whole family!
The film will also star Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Ryan Lee, and Ken Marino.
Goosebumps will hit theaters on March 23, 2016.
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