The first trailer for Rob Letterman's Goosebumps has been released. Yes, that Goosebumps.
In what seems like an obvious direction to take the venerable 90s book series, the movie looks like a surprisingly good cross between Tim Burton weirdness (unsurprising: It is written by frequent Burton writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski and scored by Danny Elfman) and good old-fashioned monster movies from the 50s.
Director Letterman has substantial animation experience with Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tales for Dreamworks which is apparent in the fun monster sequences as he reunites with his Gulliver's Travels star Jack Black for this wickedly post-modern approach at what was essentially a pulp series for kids.
Watch the trailer here
The plot features Zach (Dylan Minette), a teenager who moves to a small town where he befriends the girl-next-door Hannah (Odeya Rush) who lives with her secretive father, who happens to be none other than RL Stine, the writer of the Goosebumps books.
The kids, in a fun Spielbergian twist, somehow release all the monsters Stine ever created out into the real world and then are faced with the daunting task of capturing them before things get really out of hand.
What can be safely taken away from this trailer is that the film-makers are whole-heartedly embracing the inherent goofiness of the premise, they're willing to take chances on the property, the writing isn't immature, Jack Black seems to be on fine form and it really does seem, against all odds, to be a good flick. They've roped in a pretty amazing cast, so that's always a good sign.
Goosebumps stars Jack Black, Dylan Minette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Timothy Simons and Amy Ryan. It is directed by Rob Letterman and will be released just in time for Halloween on October 16 in the US.