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Goosebumps: Slappy Halloween is the upcoming sequel to the film Goosebumps, scheduled to hit theaters in the United States on October 12, 2018 by Columbia Pictures. The producers of the first film, Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz, are returning.

The film was originally titled Goosebumps HorrorLand, but many sources since have stated that it was retitled to Goosebumps: Slappy's Revenge. However, Instagram posts by the film's director, Ari Sandel, suggest that the film will be called Goosebumps: Slappy Halloween.[1] R.L. Stine also confirmed the Slappy Halloween title on Twitter. [2] However, the tweet was later deleted. [3]

Plot

Backstage reported that the film would center around "Slappy, the evil ventriloquist’s dummy who’s hell-bent on jump-starting the Halloween apocalypse. Three friends must stop the stuffed adversary before he ruins Halloween for good."[4] Omega Underground went further in detail, saying that there will be "a set of new kids, who include a 17-year-old named Sarah, her brother Sonny and his best friend Sam."[5] Neither of the claims appear to have been officially confirmed by Columbia Pictures.

Cast

According to an article by Variety posted on February 22, 2018, the following people were cast to appear in the upcoming film:[6]

  • Madison Iseman
  • Ben O’Brien
  • Caleel Harris
  • Jeremy Ray Taylor

Another Variety article, posted March 5, 2018, reported that the following actors were also cast:[7]

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey
  • Ken Jeong
  • Chris Parnell

On April 19, 2018, multiple sources reported that Peyton Wich was signed for the film.[8]

Crew

Production

Sony announced on September 2, 2015 that a sequel was on it's way, though the first film wasn't due to come out for another month. On April 26, 2016, it was reported that Rob Letterman would return to direct the film, and Darren Lemke would handle the script. On January 17, 2017, Sony announced that the movie would hit theaters on January 26, 2018.[9] On February 7, 2017, Sony announced that they would push back the release date to September 21, 2018.[10] On May 18, 2017, official title for the film was announced as Goosebumps HorrorLand, and it was stated that Jack Black would be respiring his role as R.L. Stine.[11] A teaser image was also released.

On June 12, 2017, R.L. Stine teased Slappy would appear in the film in a tweet on Twitter. [12] On November 2, 2017, it was reported by Variety[13] that Rob Lieber wrote a script for the film. According to the report, Lieber's script did not include Jack Black as R.L. Stine. However, it is said that Black could return if his schedule allows, and there are other scripts being considered that do have Black's character.

On December 12, 2017, the official director was stated to be Ari Sandel instead of Rob Letterman.[14], during the same month, the film got pushed back to October 12, 2018. Filming begun on February 25, 2018, and will conclude sometime in spring.

References

  1. Ari Sandel's Instagram post.
  2. R.L. Stine on Twitter: "Happy to announce that filming has begun on the Goosebumps movie sequel. Title: Slappy Halloween."
  3. R.L Stine mysteriously erases tweet about Goosebumps sequel title
  4. Jack Black Gets Goosebumps Again (mirror)
  5. EXCLUSIVE: ‘Goosebumps: Slappy’s Revenge’ Plot Details (mirror)
  6. ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel Sets Ensemble Cast
  7. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong and Chris Parnell Join ‘Goosebumps 2’ (EXCLUSIVE) (mirror)
  8. Sony’s ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel Adds Peyton Wich; WME Signs Director Gregory Caruso – Film Briefs
  9. Goosebumps 2 Release Date Set
  10. New September 2018 Release Date for GOOSEBUMPS Sequel
  11. Goosebumps 2 Title Revealed
  12. R.L. Stine on Twitter: "The Goosebumps movie sequel is tentatively called Goosebumps HorrorLand and is slated for September, 2018. Watch out for Slappy!" (mirror)
  13. Sony Taps Rob Lieber to Write ‘Goosebumps 2’ Script
  14. Goosebumps Movie Sequel Lands A New Director