Jack Black’s R.L. Stine Revealed in First GOOSEBUMPS Movie Images; Black Discusses His Iteration of the Author

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Author R.L. Stine’s series of Goosebumps books were a staple of nearly every 90s kid’s childhood.  They had just the right amount of darkness and creepiness while still being accessible, and the twist endings recalled episodes of The Twilight Zone.  The books spawned a cheesy but still enjoyable TV series of the same name, but director Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) is bringing the property to life again with a new feature film, and now the first Goosebumps movie images have been unveiled.  Jack Black plays Stine in the film, and the author’s creations unexpectedly come to life thanks to a teen neighbor (Dylan Minnette).  Subsequently, Stine must team up with his neighbor and daughter (Odeya Rush) before the numerous and varied monsters destroy their small town.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Goosebumps images and to see what Black had to say about his take on Stine.  Goosebumps opens in theaters on August 7, 2015.

Speaking with EW, Black says that while he’s playing R.L. Stine, he views the film’s version as a wholly original character:

“This is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books. So I felt like, I was just going to approach it as a character, doing what I thought was most dramatically interesting and right for what was needed. I also got to meet R.L. and he’s a really great guy. Really smart and funny and sweet. But I made [the character] more of a sort of curmudgeonly dark, brooding beast master. So from the very beginning, I was taking liberties. I think he’s cool with it though. [Laughs] He’s been on set and he actually did a little cameo.”

Check out the first images below courtesy of EW (via Bloody Disgusting):

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  • Steven Ray Morris

    The conceit that Jack Black is playing R.L. Stine is hilarious. I want a Tolkien biopic with Channing Tatum playing Tolkien next!

  • Norrtron

    I love Jack Black no matter how many terrible movies he makes. Tenacious D for life!

  • Norrtron

    I love Jack Black no matter how many terrible movies he makes. Tenacious D for life!

    • Werefon

      They can take it to Brown town!

    • Werefon

      They can take it to Brown town!

  • Zhibou

    I dig the concept and I love Jack Black, but then i read this :
    “director Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) is bringing the property to life”
    Well, that’s not promising…

    • Leo Spaceman

      I blam Rob Letterman for the reason that Emily Blunt isn’t Black Widow. Also the studio heads that wouldn’t let her out of her contract.

      Blunt would have killed as Widow.

  • Christian

    The premise is great, but the “character” of R.L. Stein needs to be mysterious. I really hope that Jack Black isn’t playing Jack Black.

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  • Matt Reed

    Sounds cheesey and forgettable like it would be at home on late Saturday night Nickelodeon for a 2 hour Halloween special

  • appolox

    Jack Black is as much like R.L.Stine as Matt Damon is like Jimi Hendrix. This is certainly weird casting to say the least. But the movie sounds like it might be fun, so i’ll give him a chance.

  • Archer

    Part of me is screaming, NOOOOO!!! …but another part of me is going, Ok, I’m game. :D

  • Will Giminaro

    He looks like a young Tom Arnold in these photos. LOL.

    • LoneCommenter

      Nah man, more like a stouter Anthony Stewart Head

    • LoneCommenter

      Nah man, more like a stouter Anthony Stewart Head

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