Following the release of the first movie adaptation of R.L Stine’s Goosebumps, it was announced in 2017 that a sequel was in the works.
Originally set for release in January 2018, Goosebumps: Horrorland received the artwork above in May 2017 with the news that Jack Black would return alongside original director Robert Letterman and writer Darren Lemke.
This release was then pushed back to September 2018, with the film becoming Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, a very different tale indeed.
For this sequel director Ari Landel (The Duff) was brought on as was screenwriter Rob Lieber (Peter Rabbit) who now shared writing credits with Lemke.
Also, worth noting is Black’s involvement in the film became quite limited, with his character only physically appearing in the finale with the voice of Slappy being completed by Mick Wingert.
But why did the studio suddenly go cold on Goosebumps: Horrorland? Goosebumps had made nearly $160 million worldwide and given that there was some established audience from R.L Stine’s books, why did they pivot away from Horrorland?
The story of Horrorland was featured in the Goosebumps TV series, with a family being terrorised by attractions that become real at the horror-themed theme park Horror Land. This was also a two-story arc in Stine’s books between 2008 and 2011, which at the time was a first for the Goosebumps books.
Haunted Halloween was still a success for the Goosebumps series, drawing $93 million off a $35 million budget, showing that there was plenty of interest in the series going forward.
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