“They became real to me. And then one day they actually became real,” Jack Black’s R.L. Stine mutters in the all-new clip for Sony’s Goosebumps film, revealing the horrifying secret behind his magical, nightmare-inducing work: it’s all real.
From demented garden gnomes to a towering preying mantis, the footage released for Rob Letterman’s live-action romp has largely focused on the abominations that are let loose on Stine’s quaint town. However, this clip allows us to get a better insight into the comedic interplay between Black’s reclusive author and lead teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette). When all Hell breaks loose and Stine’s creation roam the streets, it’s left to Zach and Hannah (Odeya Rush) to rein in the supernatural chaos.
Bursting at the seams with a childish sense of imagination, early signs for Sony’s Goosebumps flick are certainly positive, with the studio opting to lift elements from the entire novel series – 62 books in all – as opposed to adapting one single story. Such an approach should make for a more diverse and open-ended affair, possibly one to lay the groundwork for further films in the studio’s budding new franchise.
Rob Letterman will summon forth all of R.L. Stine’s work for one live-action bonanza when Sony’s Goosebumps film arrives on October 16.
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.