The very first official trailer has dropped for Goosebumps, and wouldn’t you know it, this could be quite the fun ride.
The film follows Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), a big city kid who moves to a small town with his mum (Amy Ryan). There’s a pretty girl (Odeya Rush) living next door, and you’d think the fact her dad is author R.L. Stine (Jack Black) would be the main problem. Everything begins to go haywire after Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts. Stine, you see, wrote the books to protect the world from the all-too-real monsters within them.
There’s an energetic, fun, even old-school vibe here. Director Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver’s Travels) looks to be capturing the right kind of tone needed to bring a story like this to life, and the screenplay by Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After, Turbo) looks to be an imaginative outing. Admittedly, we weren’t particularly excited at the prospect of a Jack Black-starring Goosebumps movie, but hey, so far, we’re gladly being brought on board.
Goosebumps, also starring Ryan Lee and Jillian Bell, hits the U.S. on October 16 and Australia on December 26.
Official synopsis for 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. Directed by Robert Letterman. Screenplay by Darren Lemke. Story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski. Based on the Goosebumps Book series Published by Scholastic and written by R.L. Stine. Produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.