Stay Out of the Basement!, Lets Get Invisible!, and Say Cheese and Die!, because Rob Letterman's Goosebumps movie is on the way. Everyone's favourite childhood horror series will get the big screen treatment in 2016 and the press release has just surfaced. Included is the film's mad synopsis which you can check it out in full below:
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.
By the looks of things they're going for the self referential, meta approach which has done so well in recent years. It worked wonders for Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods and ensured everything was indeed awesome for Phil Lord and Chris Millers' Lego Movie earlier this year. However, Letterman's credits thus far have included Gulliver's Travels, Shark Tale and the upcoming Captain Underpants so perhaps it's best not to mention them in quite the same breath.
Still, Scott Alexander wrote Man on the Moon and the great Ed Wood (which also lovingly profiled a much maligned horror icon) so perhaps we should keep our ears perked up for this one. If they keep the theme tune intact we'll be happy.
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Goosebumps should prick up on March 23rd, 2016