Sony is a franchise hungry studio, so it makes sense that any potential box office hit they have on their hands is going to be getting the sequel treatment. Thus, Goosebumps 2 is already in pre-production. Though Goosebumps doesn't hit theaters until October, the studio isn't wasting any time in locking down all the important elements that they feel makes the first movie so great. Of course, audiences need to respond to the original in a big way, or this could all go down the crapper just like The Fantastic Four 2.
But there's no way Goosebumps can bomb, is there? It's family entertainment based on a series of best selling books that are beyond iconic for a certain age group. Sony is feeling very confident that Jack Black can turn Goosebumps into a big franchise, and have already started hunting for a writer to pen Goosebumps 2. At this point, the movie is still in the very early planning stages.
Audiences and fans alike have responded well to the two trailers released over the course of the past month, and buzz is continuing to build for the film. Its mix of horror and comedy is being compared to 80s classics like Ghostbusters and Gremlins. It will also have enough edge to keep adults glued to their seats, while appealing to a younger fan base.
It helps that Jack Black has carved out a corner of the family market for himself. Though he is known for his sometimes raunchy humor, and likes to dabble in R rated fare, he has proven to be a big hit with the kids in movies such as School of Rock and Nacho Libre. Though, at this time, his return has not been confirmed. But younger stars Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush are said to be contracted for a number of future sequels. These stars are on the rise, and will also help anchor any sequel that Jack Black decides to skip out on. But really, how do you do Goosebumps without R.L. Stine?
Goosebumps follows the adventures of author R.L. Stine as he tries to contain the monsters in his books, who are released by his unsuspecting new neighbor, only to wreck havoc on the neighborhood. Goosebumps is based on the Scholastic book series that ran from 1992 to 1997, and is responsible for multiple spinoffs. Over 350 million books have been sold worldwide, with many of them becoming individual bestsellers. Goosebumps was also turned into an anthology TV series.
Goosebumps packs as many iconic R.L. Stine monsters as it can into its 90 minute runtime, but there are many more to go around for a sequel. And some, like Slappy the Dummy and the Abominable Snowman, will likely return. At this time, there is no word on whether director Rob Letterman will return for Goosebumps 2. Neal H. Moritz and his Original Film banner will once again produce. There is no telling when we'll see Goosebumps 2 hit theaters, but it will likely be in 2018 or 2019.