According to Variety, Sony Pictures has found a new director for the Goosebumps sequel in Ari Sandel, who directed the 2015 comedy The DUFF and also won an Oscar for his 2005 short film West Bank Story. His next film is the 2018 comedy When We First Met, starring Alexandra Daddario, Robbie Amell and Adam Devine, and he also has a movie version of Monster High in development.
Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) is currently penning a new version of the sequel script that doesn’t include Jack Black’s caricature of YA horror author R. L. Stine. While there is no deal in place for Black’s return as of now, the studio continues to leave the door open for him to reprise the role should his schedule and price tag meet the demands of the September 21, 2018 release as well as the lower projected budget for the Goosebumps sequel.
The sequel was previously given the title Goosebumps: Horrorland, and had the first film’s director Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and screenwriter Darren Lemke (Turbo) attached, with Deborah Forte (The Golden Compass) and Neal H. Moritz (22 Jump Street) also coming back as producers. The studio may go back to Lemke’s script should Black return.
The first Goosebumps made $150 million on a $58 million budget, and hit #1 on the sales charts when it was released on home video. Since there are 62 books in the original “Goosebumps” series, the filmmakers will have plenty of material to wade through in order to craft a story.
Based on Scholastic’s worldwide best-selling book series, with over 400 million copies in print, Goosebumps starred Jack Black (School of Rock) as “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine, along with Dylan Minnette (Prisoners), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and Odeya Rush (The Giver). When Zach (Minnette) unwittingly unleashes magical monsters on the town, he must team with his new friends Champ (Lee), Hannah (Rush) and Stine (Black) to send the ghouls back where they came from before it’s too late.