Rob Lieber has been tapped to write a screenplay for a “Goosebumps” sequel, Variety has learned. Liber’s script is one of several circulating around the Sony lot. Lieber’s treatment is not believed to have a role for Jack Black, the comic actor who starred in the first “Goosebumps” film as horror author R. L. Stine, although sources caution that Black could still come on board the project if his schedule allows. There’s currently no deal in place for him to return to the family-friendly series.
If Black doesn’t join the project, it will help the studio rein in costs. Black commands a salary believed to be between $6 million to $8 million. There was a sense in some quarters at Sony that the first “Goosebumps,” with a reported $58 million budget, was too pricey. It was a modest hit, having grossed $150.2 million worldwide.
Other scripts that are being considered do have Black’s character and are based on other books in the “Goosebumps” series. Sony originally slated the “Goosebumps” sequel for a September 2018 release. That could be a hard date to hit given that the project is still in the script phase and the film still needs to be cast.
Lieber’s credits include “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and the upcoming animated “Peter Rabbit.”