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Sony Pictures Pushes Back Alpha and Goosebumps 2

Sony Pictures pushes back Alpha and Goosebumps 2

Sony Pictures has pushed back the release dates for both the Ice Age-set drama Alpha and the Goosebumps sequel, according to Deadline.

Alpha, which was scheduled to open in theaters on March 2, 2018, will now come to theaters on September 14, 2018. That’s the same date as 20th Century Fox’s The Darkest Minds and MGM’s Fighting with My Family.

Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men: Apocalypse, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) stars in the film alongside Natassia Malthe (Elektra, This Means War), Leonor Varela (Blade II, Marvel’s Agents of Shield), Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson (Game of Thrones, Atomic Blonde), Mercedes de la Zerda (War for the Planet of the Apes, Hemlock Grove), and Jens Hultén (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation). The film is directed by Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, The Book of Eli), written by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt and produced by Albert Hughes and Andrew Rona.

The Goosebumps sequel, to be directed by Ari Sandel (The DUFF), will be moving from September 21, 2018 to October 12, 2021. That moves it away from The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which also stars Jack Black. It will now face Lionsgate’s Hellfest and Universal’s First Man, which are also opening on October 12.

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).

Dylan Minnette in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

Ryan Lee in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

Jack Black stars in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

Jillian Bell, left, and Amy Ryan in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

Things are starting to unravel for Stine and the kids as Slappy burns a manuscript

Odeya Rush, left, and Dylan Minnette in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," staring Jack Black.

L-r, Ryan Lee, Odeya Rush, Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Director Rob Letterman with camera operator Jacques Jouffret on the set of Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

L-r, Jack Black, Ryan Lee, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush star in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

L-r, Ryan Lee, Jack Black, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush star in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

Top to bottom, Ryan Lee, Odeya Rush and Dylan Minnette in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

Odeya Rush in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

Director Rob Letterman on the set of Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

Jillian Bell in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

L-r, Odeya Rush, Jack Black, Ryan Lee and Dylan Minnette star in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

Dylan Minnette and Amy Ryan in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

L-r, Ryan Lee, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Jack Black star in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

Jack Black, left, and R.L. Stine on the set of Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

When the creatures from R.L. Stine’s (Jack Black) Goosebumps series come to life – including the Abominable Snowman (pictured) – it’s up to Stine to team up with three teenagers to get these figments of Black’s imagination back in the books where they belong and save the town.

Jack Black, left, and Dylan Minnette star in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black.

When the creatures from R.L. Stine’s (Jack Black) Goosebumps series come to life – including the Praying Mantis (pictured) – it’s up to Stine to team up with three teenagers to get these figments of Black’s imagination back in the books where they belong and save the town.

When the creatures from R.L. Stine’s (Jack Black) Goosebumps series come to life – including the Vampire Poodle (pictured) – it’s up to Stine to team up with three teenagers to get these figments of Black’s imagination back in the books where they belong and save the town.

Jack Black stars in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."

L-r, Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Ryan Lee and Odeya Rush star in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."