Jack Black May Not Be Back For Goosebumps 2
Posted 2017/11/04 0 0
A new report states that Jack Black, who starred in the first Goosebumps as creator R.L. Stine, may not return for the sequel.
According to Variety, the studio has hired Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) to pen the latest draft of the screenplay, and that draft doesn’t feature Jack Black’s R.L. Stine. Sony has no deal in place to bring Black back, which means this sequel is definitely going in a much different direction than the first. However, Variety also reports that other scripts do include the Stine character, and sources say Black could come on board if his schedule allows. So it really sounds like things are pretty up in the air right now for the sequel, in terms of the direction it ultimately goes in.
Goosebumps made $150.2 million worldwide, which isn't bad for a family-friendly movie of that nature. However, since the movie was made for a reported $58 million production budget, that cut into the potential profits. So there's room to make money on a sequel, but Sony is understandably trying to bring the costs down for the sequel. They need to weigh out whether or not Jack Black's salary is worth it, as his name could help bring some attention to Goosebumps 2. Then again, since these movies are being aimed at families, his star power may not be totally necessary.
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.
Goosebumps 2 was slated for a September 2018 release date, but with neither a script nor a cast in place, it’s looking more and more likely that Sony will have to push the release date back.