While the first “Goosebumps” wasn’t the greatest thing they could’ve done with that library of content, I still thought the movie was a fun ride and was a good laugh thanks largely to Jack Black’s performance as R.L. Stine. When they announced a sequel, I was definitely down for more Stine action; however, there was suddenly news that Jack Black might not be returning for the sequel.
A few stories started to crop up that there were two scripts being considered for the sequel. One of the scripts did not have any Jack Black in it and the other one did. At this point I’m not sure why there were two scripts created in the first place. I’ve heard everything from one of the creative talents behind the movie not wanting Black to star, to Sony wanting to cut down costs on a sequel, to a simple scheduling conflict. For whatever the reason it was left up in the air whether or not Jack Black would return. Even Sony was being kind of dodgy on answering that question.
Then we got the first trailer for “Goosebumps 2” and it seemed to confirm the suspicion that Jack Black would not be returning for a sequel.
Along with the trailer Jack Black was not mentioned in any plot synopsis’ and did not have a credit on the film. It seemed like all hope was lost, but now a new TV spot seems to reveal that Jack Black might be back.
The trailer implies that R.L. Stine is back to help out the new batch of kids, but there’s something weird about this trailer and the fact that Jack Black did not appear at all in the full length one. I’m getting the vibe that this might just be a cameo appearance and not a meaty role for Jack. Perhaps the lukewarm response to the first trailer forced Sony to show their hand in order to get people interested again?
If that turns out to be the case, then I have to imagine that’s going to be a lot more disappointing than a movie that doesn’t advertise Jack Black being in it all. We’ll have to see what happens with this one. “Goosebumps 2” hits theaters on October 12.