It’s Official: GOOSEBUMPS 2 Hits Theaters In January 2018

In which the sequel to 2015's surprisingly solid family-horror-comedy gets dated.

Real talk? Film geekdom did a lot of eyerolling about Goosebumps in the lead up to its release. The trailers did not inspire confidence, Jack Black - playing a fictionalized version of Goosebumps author R.L. Stine - appeared to be operating in full Jack Black Mode, and those of us who grew up after Goosebumps was a thing found it all too easy to dismiss the project as a toothless Are You Afraid Of The Dark?/Tales From The Crypt knock-off.

It's here that I must confess to being one of those snobs. I would also like to confess that I eventually got around to seeing Goosebumps, and found myself unexpectedly delighted by the film. Yes, it's a little shrill, and yes, the film's over-reliance on CGI is a bit unfortunate, but Rob Letterman's family-horror-comedy turned out to be way funnier and far more clever than I expected it to be. In short, it was precisely the sort of movie I would've loved as a kid (mark my words: years from now, a new generation of horror nerds will credit Goosebumps as the gateway drug that got them into the genre).

Anyway, this is all a very long-winded way of getting to the following: both Rob Letterman and Goosebumps screenwriter Darren Lemke are coming back for Goosebumps 2, and now their sequel's got an arrival date - January 26th, 2018.

According to JoBlo, Jack Black is not yet confirmed to return for the sequel, but come on. We all know Jack Black's coming back for Goosebumps 2

Nothing further to report at this time, but we'll keep you updated. And on the off chance that you've resisted seeing Goosebumps because you thought it'd be insufferable nonsense, do yourself a favor and give the film a rental. You might be surprised.