Viewers beware, you're in for a scare! Earlier this year it was revealed that the sequel to 2015's Goosebumps is scheduled to haunt theaters on September 21st, 2018, and while we're still waiting to see what direction Sony takes the film franchise in its pivotal second installment, a director has now been revealed for the latest adaptation of R.L. Stine's popular horror book series.

According to multiple sources, including The Tracking Board, the Goosebumps sequel, referred to right now only as Goosebumps 2, will be directed by Ari Sandel, the filmmaker who won an Oscar in 2007 for the short film West Bank Story. Sandel more recently directed the high school comedy The DUFF and the time traveling romance When We First Met. He was also previously announced to helm the live action film adaptation of the Mattel toy line Monster High, perhaps making him a good fit to bring Stine's creepy creations to life on the big screen.

Directed by Rob Letterman, the first Goosebumps movie took a Jumanji-style approach to the children's horror book series by having the monsters from Stine's stories escape from the pages of his books, it's not certain what direction the sequel will take, with two screenplays (one written by Rob Lieber) being considered for the sequel, one of which reportedly doesn't feature the return of Jack Black as author R.L. Stine.

We'll have to wait and see what shape the sequel will take, but in the meantime it's a great time to be a fan of R.L. Stine, as multiple movies based on his Fear Street books are also in development at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on all things Stine in the coming months. In the meantime, what would you like to see in a Goosebumps sequel?

  • Derek Anderson
    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.

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