Sony Pictures surprised fans today with the first footage of Jack Black reprising the role of R.L. Stine in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween! It was believed that he wasn’t returning as the character, but that he would still voice Slappy the Dummy. This is the first Goosebumps 2 promo in which he is shown as R.L. Stine.
Directed by Ari Sandel from a script by Rob Lieber and based on the books by R.L. Stine, the sequel will open in theaters on October 12, 2018.
The Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween cast also includes Ken Jeong, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Chris Parnell, Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris and Jeremy Ray Taylor.
The sequel is produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz. The executive producers are Tania Landau, Bill Bannerman, Ben Waisbren, Bruce Berman, and Greg Basser.
The first film, simply titled Goosebumps, opened in October of 2016 and grossed $150 million worldwide, with $80 million coming from North America and $70 million from overseas. It cost about $58 million to make.