After some delays, the sequel to 2015’s ‘Goosebumps’ seems to be on track. Ari Sandel is attached to direct with a recognizable cast including Ken Jeong, Wendi McClendon-Covey and Chris Parnell on the adult side, plus ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”s Madison Iseman, ‘It”s Jeremy Ray Taylor and newcomers Jessi Goei, Caleel Harris, Ben O’Brien on the younger side. Jack Black is also returning, but it’s possible he will only provide the voice of Slappy the evil ventriloquist dummy Slappy. In the first movie, he appeared as R.L. Stine, the author of the original ‘Goosebumps’ books. Now the film has a title.
The real Stine himself announced:
“Happy to announce that filming has begun on the Goosebumps movie sequel. Title: Slappy Halloween. Meanwhile, the new Goosebumps SlappyWorld book has just been published.”
The sequel has gone through two other titles, ‘Goosebumps: Horrorland’ and ‘Goosebumps: Slappy’s Revenge’. It is believed that those were two separate scripts, one that would include Black’s character and one that would not, because Black was starring in the Eli Roth film ‘The House With a Clock in its Walls’ which has now wrapped filming to be released on September 21. The ‘Goosebumps’ sequel is due on October 12 and is now filming.
As far as ‘Horrorland’, that movie was supposed to be set in a theme park populated by supernatural creatures. But another, actual horror movie, ‘Hellfest’ about a slasher killing people at an amusement park is coming out around the same time. Even though the audiences for these two movies are completely different, they would still be two theme park-based Halloween movies coming out around the same time.
It should be noted that Stines’ tweet was deleted after he posted it. That could mean that Columbia Pictures wants to wait to make an official announcement, but is this really that hotly-anticipated a movie to warrant secrecy? (Nope.) But it’s also possible that this won’t wind up being the final name. But ‘Slappy Halloween’ is a lot catchier than ‘Slappy’s Revenge’. If things change, we’ll let you know.
Source: Cinema Blend