Goosebumps: Rob Letterman Moves Forward with Sequel

Goosebumps 2, What’s in Store for Fans? 

Director: Rob Letterman

Writers: Darren Lemke, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

Release Date: TBA

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Overview

Are you ready for more “Goosebumps”?  A sequel for this Family oriented  ghost story  is confirmed. Director Rob Letterman and writer Darren Lemke are closing deals with Sony as we “speak”. However, there is the uncertainty of the return of Letterman to direct the sequel. It looks like Neil Moritz is set to return to produce.

Not much is known on the cast for the “Goosebumps” sequel at this time. Jack Black, Dylan  Minnette, and Odeya Rush are all contracted to be featured in the sequels, but there is no definitive word to solidify this act. From 1992 to 1997, R.L. Stine published a series of family-friendly mystery books, called “Goosebumps”. In 1994, he released “Tales to Give You Goosebumps”. It 1995 he released “Give Yourself Goosebumps”. The book series became a television series in 1995, bringing the chilling stories to life on television.

“Goosebumps” gets its first big theatrical film adaptation in 2015, starring the amazing Jack Black as R.L. Stine, who, in my opinion, was just perfect for the role.

“Goosebumps” 2015 Synopsis

“A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.”

decaymag.com Goosebumps movie reviewThe “Goosebumps” film starts exactly how a typical R.L. Stine book or television series start out. An adolescent or teenager moves to a new town, where they don’t know anyone, don’t fit in with anyone. They then meet someone their age that they can get along with. However, there’s something off about this character. That’s when the story unfolds.

In Letterman’s “Goosebumps”, Zach and his mom move to a small town. He meets a mysterious young woman his own age. However, there’s something not right about this girl and her family. After questionable events, Zach decides to investigate, and he gets entangled into a mystery-adventure, involving the famous, best-selling author, R.L. Stine. The monsters of Stine’s best-selling collection accidentally gets freed from their literary prisons, and they wreak havoc over the small town, led by the vengeful “Slappy”, the ventriloquist dummy from “Night of the Living Dummy”, which, of course, happens to be one of my favorite “Goosebumps” stories and television series. It is now up to Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine to capture the monsters and save the town.

Letterman’s “Goosebumps” didn’t sit so well with fans of the classic R.L. Stine stories, however, it also wasn’t a major disappointment. My only complaint about the film adaptation was decaymag.com goosebumpsthat it seemed cramped and rushed. Instead of making a film franchise for each original book and series, Letterman chose to combine all of the monsters into one film, spanning about 1 hour and 45 minutes. That’s five years of R.L. Stine, limited and constricted to under 2 hours. I feel like each “Goosebumps” original story can be its own film adaptation if approached considerably and taken in the right direction.

Now, here we are, Letterman proposes a sequel to “Goosebumps”, and I’m thinking; “Exactly, what will the sequel be about? How are you going to approach this sequel? You’ve already utilized all of the monsters, so what do you plan to do next?”

Now, considering how the first installment ended:

{SPOILER ALERT} The Invisible Boy still roams free while all the other monsters get sucked back into their prisons. Okay, so if we go with that conclusion, we can speculate that the sequel will involve the “Invisible Boy” as the new chief commander. So…what? Is he going to free all of the monsters once again to wreak havoc again? Following in “Slappy’s” footsteps and finishing his work? Is “Slappy” and the “Invisible Boy” going to join forces and try to end  Stine once and for all? Or, will the sequel take a whole different path with a whole different cast?

In my opinion, Letterman exhausted his options when he decided to do a mega film including all of the original monsters from the classic series in one film. Now, the sequel just sounds like an expectation film. Like, after watching the film you just shrug and think; “I knew that was going to happen”.

I was very excited and hopeful for “Goosebumps”. Then, my hopes instantly faded once the ending credits rolled. What will become of the future of “Goosebumps”?

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