Sony Pictures has officially released the first trailer for Goosebumps, the movie based on R.L. Stine‘s library of children’s horror books of the same name. The movie was first announced back in 2012.
Instead of trying to figure out which of Stine’s original 62 books (with many spinoffs coming later) to use in making the movie, it was decided to instead find a way to use all of them in the same movie. To do this, Stine is an actual character in the movie played by Jack Black, whose many horrors are brought into the real world leading to some Jumanji style madness.
You can check out the trailer for Goosebumps below, along with a poster and a synopsis for the movie.
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange”¦ he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
The movie is directed byRob Letterman, who’s worked with Black twice in the past on Gulliver’s Travels and Shark Tale. He also directed Monsters vs. Aliens.
Goosebumps will be released in theaters on October 16th.