Goosebumps 2 is arriving with more spooktacular cinematic goodness to reinvigorate the childhood memories of ’90s kids and haunt a new generation. Now the film finally has an official title: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.
The first Goosebumps, based on R.L. Stine’s children’s horror series of the same name, was one of the best family films of 2015, and was a box office winner for Sony after raking in $156 million. Now the studio is gearing up for the sequel. In the latest report from Variety, actors Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell are circling the project. We’ll update when we have official confirmation.
Until then, here’s everything we know about Goosebumps 2…
Goosebumps 2 Trailer
A new trailer for Goosebumps 2 has arrived, brandishing a big reveal.
The new clip, while brief, finally clears the air regarding the heretofore unconfirmed status of Jack Black’s return as R.L. Stine, showing the return of an “old friend” in the form of the onscreen author.
And here are the previous trailers:
Goosebumps 2 Release Date
Goosebumps 2 has been goose-bumped to the later release date of October 12.
With this move, as reported by Deadline, the sequel – previously booked for September 21 – will arrive conveniently closer to the genre-appropriate Halloween holiday.
Interestingly, the date bump shed some light on the then-mysterious sequel status of star Jack Black. While reports from as recent as November implied that Black was not yet locked in to reprise his role as author R.L. Stine, the move away from the September 21 date seems to telegraph his return, since the actor was already booked to appear in the recent gothic fantasy film, The House with a Clock in its Walls; a major production directed by gore auteur Eli Roth in which Black co-stars with Cate Blanchett and Kyle MacLachlan, and happened to debut on the September 21 date originally occupied by Goosebumps 2.
Consequently, the moving of Goosebumps 2 away from that date to October 12 seems to imply that the studio is attempting to avoid awkward box office competition between two Jack Black films.
Goosebumps 2 Cast
The now-confirmed return of Jack Black, who starred as a fictionalized version of R.L. Stine, was initially up in the air. Stars Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, and Ryan Lee are back for the sequel. Rob Letterman will return to direct.
Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell are also part of the cast.