The upcoming Goosebumps sequel has changed its title yet again, with the movie now apparently called Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween.
This is actually the fourth different tile that the project has had since it began, reveals denofgeek.com. Originally it was known as Goosebumps: HorrorLand, with the implication that it would take place at the titular amusement park. This was later changed to Goosebumps: Slappy’s Revenge, revealing that the main antagonist from the first movie would be returning. It has since become Goosebumps: Slappy’s Halloween before settling on this current (and presumably last?) title.
The first Goosebumps movie came out in 2015. It is loosely based on the popular series of horror novellas written for children back in the 90s and early 2000s. In that film, a kid named Zach (Dylan Minnette) meets a fictionalized version of the book’s author, R.L. Stine (Jack Black). It turns out that the monsters from Stine’s books and that he keeps them imprisoned, but the worst of them, a living ventriloquist dummy named Slappy (voiced by Black), escapes and begins to wreak havoc.
There is no word of either Minette or Black reprising their roles in the sequel, which will apparently focused on a cast of new characters played by the likes of Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman and Peyton Wich.
Slappy will be returning, but this time he will apparently be voiced by his puppeteer, Avery Jones. Word is that he will be trying to bring on the Apocalypse in this story, which somehow involves the work of Nikola Tesla. This is a rather unusual take for Goosebumps, which generally just involved the threat of a few kids getting turned into dogs or something, but whatever.
The original movie turned out to be a small hit, largely based on all of the nostalgia that it managed to conjure up for its old fans; the fact that it is family-friendly enough for them to share with their own children is a bonus. Will the sequel manage to do the same, or are these constantly changing titles and actors not wanting to reprise their roles a sign that things are muddled somehow behind the scenes?
Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween, or whatever it will be called by the end, is scheduled for release on October 12, 2018.