When it was recently announced that R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series was getting a long-awaited feature film adaptation, many fans who grew up reading the books were bummed to find out that it wasn’t going to be an anthology of familiar tales, and didn’t really seem to have all that much to do with the actual books themselves. But that original plot description belied the true awesomeness of the project, it seems, because this latest synopsis is absolute music to my ears, as a lifelong Goosebumps fan.
Check out the full plot rundown for the currently in production big screen adaptation, which stars Jack Black and is directed by Rob Letterman!
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.
Yes, you read that correctly. The movie will feature a slew of monsters from the Goosebumps books, and Black will be playing R.L. Stine himself, rather than the ‘Stine-like character’ that it was originally reported he’d be playing. Does this sound like the absolute greatest thing ever or what?!
Goosebumps is tentatively set for release on March 23rd, 2016, and I for one cannot wait to see Stine and his whacky creations up on the big screen. A feature film adaptation has been in the works for many years now, and after reading this brilliant concept, I’d say it was well worth the wait!
Which Goosebumps monsters would you love to see in the movie? Comment below and let us know!