Although plot details are still kept under wraps, the young cast of Sony Pictures’ upcoming Goosebumps sequel has finally begun to take shape.
Variety is reporting that joining the cast of the follow-up to the 2015 family horror film based on the hit R.L. Stine series of books will be Jeremy Ray Taylor, who was introduced to moviegoers in the role of Ben in Stephen King’s IT remake. Along with Taylor the upcoming Goosebumps sequel will star actress Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien and Caleel Harris.
Coincidently, this won’t be Iseman’s first time working with Sony Pictures as the young actress was recently featured in 2017’s blockbuster hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Meanwhile, Harris has recently finished up filming his episodes for the upcoming Hulu series Castle Rock which is spearheaded by Stephen King and J.J. Abrams.
The upcoming Goosebumps sequel is still slated to open on October 12, 2018. Ari Sandel is currently attached to direct the sequel with Deborah Forte of Silvertongue Films and Neal H. Moritz ofOriginal Film serving as producers of the project. At the time of this writing, it is currently unknown whether or not Jack Black will be returning for the follow-up.
10 Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That Failed)
As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.
Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).
Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.
For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.
- Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web, The Host
Click Next to scroll through all the failures and successes.