Comic-Con: Director Rob Letterman Talks GOOSEBUMPS, Casting Jack Black as R.L. Stine, Choosing which Monsters to Include, and More

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In Goosebumps, arriving in theaters next summer, Jack Black plays a semi-fictionalized version of R.L. Stine, prolific author of the Beloved Goosebumps book series.  In the film, Stine finds his creature creations escaped from the pages of his books and must find a way to return them before they wreak havoc on his small Maryland town.  Goosebumps also stars Odeya Rush, Jillian Bell, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Dylan Minette, and Ryan Lee.

Director Rob Letterman was on hand at Comic-Con to give fans an early look at some footage and talk about his approach to the film.  Before his panel we sat down for an exclusive interview.  He talked about the challenge of making of age-appropriate horror film, why Jack Black was the perfect man for the part, how they decided which of Stine’s many monsters to include, bringing Slappy the dummy to life, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

GOOSEBUMPS Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Footage Revealed; Jack Black and Rob Letterman Talk Adapting the Beloved Book Series

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Today at Comic-Con we were treated to a first look at Goosebumps.  Director Rob Letterman and star Jack Black were on hand to discuss the film and give fans a glimpse into the world they created around the famous children’s horror anthology.  For those who don’t know, the film is not a direct adaptation of the series.  Instead, the works of R.L. Stine have been reimagined, featuring Stine himself as a character who battles his own creature creations when they are set free from their books.

As a child of the 90′s, I absolutely adored Goosebumps, so I was thrilled to check out what the film has to offer.  And the good news is that what they had to offer today looked pretty darn good.  Black and Letterman clearly made the film with respect for the source material and the good sense of fun it requires.  Check out my full Goosebumps Comic-Con panel recap after the jump.

Rob Letterman to Direct CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS for DreamWorks Animation; Nicholas Stoller Adapted the Dav Pilkey Children’s Books

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In today’s unexpected adaptation news, Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Aliens) will be directing Captain Underpants for DreamWorks Animation.  Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets) penned the adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s series of children’s books that center on the adventures of the title hero, created by fourth grade students, George Beard and Harold Hutchins.  Originally published in 1997, Pilkey’s series now spans ten books and three spin-offs, plus a Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Award in 2007.  Hit the jump for more.

Jack Black in Talks to Star in GOOSEBUMPS Adaptation

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In spooky news befitting Friday the 13th, Sony and Scholastic Media’s adaptation of R.L. Stine’s best-selling Goosebumps series has landed its first star in Jack Black (Bernie).  This move reteams Black with his Gulliver’s Travels director Rob Letterman, whose attachment we reported a few months back.  Although that last pairing didn’t work out all that well, Goosebumps comes with a built-in readership, in addition to a possible nostalgic effect of original readers who now likely have little ones of their own.  The new report makes no mention of screenwriters Carl Ellsworth or Darren Lemke who were previously involved, but it does shed some light on the plot.  Hit the jump to read on.

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS Director Rob Letterman to Helm GOOSEBUMPS

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Sony Pictures has found a director for its feature film adaptation of the popular R.L. Stine books Goosebumps, as Deadline reports that Rob Letterman is in talks to take the helm of the film.  For those unfamiliar, Stine has penned over 50 books under the Goosebumps moniker, all of which put a “spooky” spin on countless stories aimed at kids.  Jack the Giant Killer and Shrek Forever After scribe Darren Lemke came on to pen the script over a year ago, but with Letterman now aboard as director we have a better idea of the direction Sony will be taking with the film.

Letterman’s past directorial credits include the family friendly pics Monsters vs. Aliens, Gullivers Travels, and Shark Tale, so we can reasonably assume that Goosebumps will take a similar approach to the story; I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony was using its successful animated pic Hotel Transylvania as a guidepost.  There’s no word on whether the film will take on a specific Goosebumps story, but I was always partial to The Haunted Mask and Say Cheese and Die!

Rob Letterman Exclusive Interview GULLIVER’S TRAVELS DVD/Blu-ray; Talks STRETCH ARMSTRONG

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The family adventure comedy Gulliver’s Travels, starring funnyman Jack Black, is out on DVD/Blu-ray this week with 90 minutes worth of extras and special features, including eight deleted scenes, a gag reel and various behind the scenes featurettes. For those unfamiliar with the story, this version of the classic tale brings Jack Black’s irreverent humor to the role of Gulliver, an underachieving mailroom clerk who takes a writing assignment traveling to Bermuda, only to get shipped on the fantastical island of Lilliput, which made up of tiny little people who aren’t sure what to make of the bigger-than-life figure. After the little fish in a big pond suddenly becomes the biggest fish around, he realizes that size doesn’t matter and it’s how big you are on the inside that counts.

During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, director Rob Letterman talked about making the shift from animation to live-action, what he loved about the story of Gulliver when he was first introduced as a kid, what viewers can look forward to in the DVD/Blu-ray special features, working with such a terrific cast of actors, and that he hopes families will get the experience of enjoying this film together. He also talked about how he is currently in development on the action film Stretch Armstrong for Universal and Hasbro, with Taylor Lautner in the title role. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

7 Movie Clips and New Images from GULLIVER’S TRAVELS

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20th Century Fox has released 7 movie clips and a number of new images from director Rob Letterman’s (Monsters vs Aliens) Gulliver’s Travels.  Starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, and Billy Connolly, the 3D live-action family comedy is based on the 18th century novel by Jonathan Swift.

While it’s clearly aimed at families, Gulliver’s Travels was co-written by Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, The Muppets), so I’m hoping it has at least a few jokes aimed at the grownups.  With a release date of December 25, we’ll know in two weeks.   Hit the jump for the clips and the new images:

New Trailer for GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Starring Jack Black, Emily Blunt, and Jason Segel

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If for some reason you want to see Gulliver’s Travels, then you’re going to love this new trailer, which will give you the entire movie in a little under three minutes.  The movie: Jack Black ends up in a fictional land where he’s huge and every one else is little.  Every joke is apparently based on the size difference and Jack Black at his Jack Black-iest.  Gulliver’s Travels looks like it could be one of the worst movies of the year and looking back at the year in film so far, that’s saying something.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer/condensed movie.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, and Amanda Peet.  Gulliver’s Travels opens in 3D on December 22nd.

New Posters for TRUE GRIT and GULLIVER’S TRAVELS

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New posters have arrived for the Coen Brothers’ True Grit and Rob Letterman’s Gulliver’s Travels.  The True Grit poster would be impressive except for the silly, cheap looking “bloodstain” on it.  Why would a poster bleed? If it weren’t for that, it would be one of the best posters of the year.  Instead, it’s one of the cheesiest.  If you want to be sold on the film, check out the amazing trailer.

The Gulliver’s Travels poster is more of the same: Jack Black being tied down by Lilliputians.  If you didn’t know anything about that movie (and there’s only been one awful trailer), these posters would lead you to believe that it’s about a fat man who has a very specific bondage fetish.  Hit the jump to check out both posters.  True Grit stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin, and opens December 25th.  Gulliver’s Travels also stars Jaosn Segel, Emily Blunt, and Amanda Peet, and opens in 3D on December 22nd.

First Trailer for GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Starring Jack Black, Emily Blunt, and Jason Segel

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With yesterday’s poster unveiling and today’s trailer debut, Fox is officially riding the crest of promotional wave number one for this December’s Gulliver’s Travels.  Loosely based on the Jonathan Swift satire, the film sends travel writer Lemuel Gulliver to the island of Liliput, where he towers over the tiny citizens.  Jack Black stars as the titular relative giant with a supporting cast of Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, and Chris O’Dowd.  Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) directs from a script by Joe Stillman (Shrek 2) and Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek).

The trailer did provoke me to look up Black’s age: turns out he’s 40.  Hmm.  To be fair, the elements I’m most looking forward to (Emily Blunt, Jason Segel) didn’t get much screentime, so I definitely want to see a second trailer before passing too much judgement.  Pass your own judgement on the clip after the jump.

Nick Stoller and Rob Letterman Re-team for STRETCH ARMSTRONG

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Screenwriter Nick Stoller (Yes Man) and director Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) will re-team for Stretch Armstrong starring Taylor Lautner.  According to Variety, plot details are being kept under wraps, which is surprising because I didn’t think the movie would have a plot beyond: Guy stretches limbs, kids wonder what makes him do that, open him up to discover it’s corn syrup, and never play with him again.

Stoller and Letterman previously worked together for the upcoming adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, and Emily Blunt.  Steve Oedekerk (Evan Almighty) wrote the original screenplay for the film, so the Stoller/Letterman hiring is definitely a step up for the feature adaptation of the Hasbro toy.

Taylor Launter Drops STEEL for STRETCH

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Though Twilight star Taylor Launter was signed on to star in two upcoming toy movies, Vulture has learned that the werewolf hunk has officially dropped Paramount’s Max Steel to be Universal’s Stretch Armstrong.

After generating huge buzz for his performance, and body, in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Lautner was the toast of Hollywood. He quickly signed on to play Max Steel, based on the Mattel toy, as well as Stretch Armstrong, based on the famous Hasbro toy. Turns out, though, that Lautner and his team weren’t happy with how Mattel was developing their project in contrast with Hasbro. For example, according to the Vulture article, producer Brian Grazer is working to get Stretch Armstrong made in 3D for a 2012 release. That, along with a few other things, led to this decision.

After the jump, read a little bit more on Hasbro’s plans, why Launter seems to have made the right decision and all of the young heartthrob’s upcoming projects.

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