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After the release of the Goosebumps movie in 2015, a sequel was soon greenlit, but not a whole lot of progress has been made since then. The biggest roadblock seemed to be that it was unclear if Jack Black would return to reprise his role as R.L. Stine, but recent reports suggest that Black is onboard for the sequel. The plot is still a mystery, but a new potential synopsis has surfaced that claims the sequel will see the return of the first movie's villain, Slappy, ready to unleash some horror once again.
The new plot details come from Omega Underground, who claims to have learned that Goosebumps 2 will be called "Goosebumps: Slappy's Revenge". As the title indicates, the movie will find Slappy, the evil ventriloquist dummy, coming back to the real world to unleash an apocalypse on Halloween night with the help of, of all people, Nikola Tesla. The sequel will reportedly feature a new set of kids: a 17-year-old named Sarah, her brother Sonny and his best friend Sam. Jack Black is said to be reprising the voice of Slappy, but there's no mention that he'll also perform as R.L. Stine.
It should be noted that there is no source listed, so a grain of salt is necessary with this report. There has been no mention if the kids from the first film will be back, and it would make sense for a new cast to be brought in. While the newest reports indicated that Jack Black was coming back, earlier rumors suggested that scheduling was the main source of conflict for why he wasn't signed on. If the studio had trouble getting Black in person, it would be relatively easier to just have him provide the voice of the villain.
All that being said, Goosebumps 2 is likely on track with or without Jack Black. Supposedly two different scripts were written: one that includes Black's R.L. Stine and another from writer Rob Lieber that left his character out. Goosebumps 2 was originally scheduled to have released in theaters sooner, but Sony recently gave it an updated release date of October 12, 2018, putting it closer to Halloween. Before that, it was slated for September 21, but Sony pushed it to avoid conflict with a different movie starring Black, implying that he was indeed involved with Goosebumps 2.
This suggested plot synopsis is as good as any other, and I want to know if it's real for the sole reason of learning why it involves Nikola Tesla. Goosebumps 2 is currently scheduled to be released on October 12, 2018. For more movie news, keep it right here at CinemaBlend.