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Prime Time Review: ‘Goosebumps’ film coming next summer

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Evan Hofmann

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 9:05 am, Wed Jul 23, 2014.

The highly regarded San Diego Comic Con event never disappoints when it hits the west coast every July. The buzz around the event is not without warrant. 

Every year film producers bring fans sneak peaks on their favorite film franchises, and announce groundbreaking news about fascinating worlds in which we are sure to visit on our next trip to the cinema. 

On July 24, the 2014 Comic Con event is expected to unveil plenty of exciting information regarding a 1990s throwback film based on a popular book franchise. “Goosebumps”, which stars the whimsical A-list actor Jack Black, is set to hit theaters in August of 2015. 

It is timely and clever for producers to take a stab at bringing the popular children’s book franchise to the big screen, as it is sure to grab the attention of both the children of 2014, as well as the children of the 90’s, now well into adulthood. 

The film’s plot will not borrow directly from any of the 100 plus books from author R.L. Stine’s franchise, but instead will take a much broader approach. The movie introduces Zach, a young city boy who moves to a small Maryland. Zach befriends a girl named Hannah, who happens to be the daughter of scary book author R.L. Stine (Black). When Zach accidently releases all of the ghoulish creations of Stine’s books into the real world, the team must work together to round up the monsters before they destroy everything in sight.  

Rather than seek out an aura of true horror, the film aims at blending its spooky nature with an off the wall comedy twist. No stranger to family comedy, Black should fit perfectly in this universe. The star of films such as “School of Rock” and “Kung Fu Panda” also promises to make the R.L. Stine character his own. 

Black recently explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he did not study Stine in hopes of portraying him as accurately as can be, instead Black created a cold and cantankerous version of the author in order to give him just the right personality for the script. 

It may still be too early to tell if the “Goosebumps” film will do justice to the 1990s book series that became a nationwide icon of children’s literature. After all, the film re-unites Black with director Rob Letterman, who teamed up in 2010 to bring the universally detested family flick “Gulliver’s Travels” to fruition. 

But something is just so unmistakably exciting about the idea of seeing every childhood fear once explored under the cover of a blanket fort and flashlight, now brought to life nearly 20 years after the fact. 

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