Viewers beware, you're in for a scare with the sequel to 2015 Goosebumps movie, which will now haunt theaters beginning in October of 2018 instead of September. 

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures' new Goosebumps movie is now slated for an October 12th, 2018 release, moving it nearly one month from its previous September 21st release date.

Deadline also mentions that the new Goosebumps movie will star Jack Black, but his involvement has yet to be officially announced. It's not certain what direction the sequel will take, with two screenplays (one written by Rob Lieber) being considered for the film, one of which reportedly doesn't feature the return of Jack Black as author R.L. Stine. There has also been speculation that the sequel could take place at HorrorLand or prominently feature the return of Slappy the dummy, but official plot details are currently being kept under wraps.

As previously reported by 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.

The vacated September 21st, 2018 spot on the calendar already includes another Jack Black-starring movie, the adaptation of the horror-themed 1973 book The House with a Clock in its Walls, so moving the Goosebumps sequel to October 12th provides more space between the two while also embedding the latter firmly in the spooky spirit of the Halloween season.

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.

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? Are you hoping to see Black return as Stine?

Source: Deadline
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