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There’s two things about the Goosebumps movie plot synopsis that make it exciting. It feels like the return of Joe Dante-esque adolescent horror that’s terrifying for the whole family. It’s just wacky enough to work. According to io9, the Rob Letterman-directed film will look a little something like this: “In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.” It’s Jumanji meets the monster cubes of Cabin in the Woods. Speaking of which, the meta element that’s been increasingly popular is present and accounted for — the Goosebumps movie isn’t based on the books so much as its about the books and their power. That also means that fans with a favorite book or baddie will […]

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Goosebumps

There are plenty of scary movies left over from our youth that left us shaking in our moon boots, but the pinnacle of nineties horror will forever be Goosebumps. The book series turned television and home movie franchise from author R.L. Stine was the perfect combination of Nickelodeon-flavored cheese and enough scares and frights to necessitate at least a bathroom night light every once in awhile. A ventriloquist dummy that comes to life only when you’re looking? Don’t even pretend like you’re not creeped out by that. The vengeful spirit of a long-dead summer camper who drags kids to their death while they’re trying to ace their swimming test in the murky waters of the lake? Please. The one thing the franchise has been missing is a full-length feature film, but that’s about to change — a new Goosebumps-centric film has been announced with Jack Black in the lead. Black will star as a very R.L. Stine-like spooky story author named…wait for it…Mr. Shivers. (Is this part of his new renaissance?) As the best-named creepy-crawly tale author in the world, Shivers is faced with a dilemma; his collection of characters comes to life and begins haunting him in the real world. Forced into hiding like the big scaredy cat that he is, Shivers has to rely on help from the least expected protector.

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Underpants

Adding to the ranks of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Fahrenheit 451,” and “The Great Gatsby” comes “Captain Underpants,” the most banned book of 2012. Yes, the immensely popular children’s book by Dave Pilkey about a superhero in tighty-whiteys was deemed too controversial for our children’s fragile, developing minds by many a Concerned Mom. So naturally, DreamWorks is adapting it into a film with Monsters vs. Aliens‘ Rob Letterman set to direct. The book, first released in 1997, follows two fourth graders who write an underground comic book about an awesome superhero named Captain Underpants. Through the power of a 3D hypno ring from a joke company, the twosome accidentally hypnotize their mean principal into thinking he’s their titular hero. Much to their distress, he strips down to his undies and procures a cape, and begins fighting crime in their small town. It’s up to them to figure out how to turn him back into his normal form. The film has Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted scribe Nicholas Stoller on as writer, meaning this should be a smart, silly caper that both kids and adults will find amusing. Who doesn’t love fart jokes? [Animation Magazine]

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Hasbro saw dollar signs after Transformers, and they’ve gotten greedy. It’s one thing to take toy robots and convert them into movie stars, but projects like Monopoly and Ouija Board sounded too ridiculous (and non-cinematic) to make the transition. First, Universal backed out of a new Clue, then the Ouija Board movie, then Monopoly and now they’re getting out of another project born from their toymaker partnership. According to Deadline Deltino, Stretch Armstrong is dead at Universal. The project, like the flour-filled rubber toy, would have starred Taylor Lautner with Rob Letterman set to direct. Speculating on the reasons is futile and a waste of the time we could all spend celebrating. Universal may be regretting that major Hasbro deal now, but they’re wising up to the shifting needs of an audience that wants story and not plastic. The project isn’t completely done, though. It’s found a home over at Relativity Media – which is sort of sad considering the risk-taking that studio has done in the past few years. This, of course, is a risk of a different kind. It’s a formula that only appears to work these days. It’s a project that has all the elements for success, but doesn’t pass the smell test in the first place. The new press release from Relativity also doesn’t include anything about Lautner or Letterman. Looks like they’re officially done with Stretch as well. If only everyone were. Hopefully this doesn’t hurt the chances of a Happy Fun Ball movie. That […]

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