Jack Black May Feel 'Goosebumps' with 'Gulliver's Travels' Director
Director Rob Letterman (Gulliver's Travels, Monsters vs. Aliens) has been attached to bring R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series to the big screen since this past spring, and now he might have found his star in one of his past films. The Wrap has word that Jack Black is currently in talks to join the Sony Pictures project. This will mark the second time Letterman has worked with Black since they also made the animted Shark Tale together. Now we have some story details too as Black would play an author like Stine himself whose characters literally leap off the pages he's writing, forcing him to hide from the terrors. Read on!
That doesn't really sound like any of the books in the original 62 titles published years ago, though it sounds like it has loose ties to my favorite book Attack of the Mutant where a comic book villain is found to exist in the real world. Basically this just sounds like Jumanji meets The Pagemaster, but with live-action, family-friendly horror instead. It will probably allow multiple elements from those many books to appear in the movie though. The project hails from Fast & Furious franchise producer Neal H. Moritz, but this reteaming of Black and Letterman is worrisome considering their collaboration on Guillver's Travels was pretty terrible, lacking any real comedy and relying on visual effects and lame adventure as weak crutch. Hopefully this turns out to be a better family adventure. Thoughts?