When Gulliver’s Travels came out in 2010, it was panned by critics and quickly forgotten by audiences. Rightfully so, which is why I hesitate to tell you that Gulliver’s Travels director Rob Letterman has teamed up again with Jack Black to bring us a big-screen adaptation of every millennial’s favorite horror anthology: Goosebumps.
R.L. Stine’s masterworks have been a long time coming to theaters, so it’s nice to see them finally getting some play. Unfortunately, though, with a release date scheduled tentatively for March 2016, we’re going to have to wait two years to see how badly our horror-laden childhood memories have been perverted for the modern cinema crowd.
The big question, though, is what source material Black and co. will use to tie their film together. Goosebumps, after all, consisted of 62 separate books by the run’s end, selling a combined 300 million copies worldwide. If anything, though, it’d be good to turn to the classic 90s TV show for inspiration, what with it being the go-to source for family-friendly scares for most American millennials today.
Horror, to be sure, is still a huge genre today, with ghosties and ghoulies even sneaking their way onto prime time TV with shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. However, those shows are routinely adult-themed, leaving the question as to whether viewers want Stine’s brand of PG horror back at all completely open. Which, of course, is to say producers might not find a great market for that brand of scary.
Nostalgia, though, that always wins.