Sony’s 2015 release Goosebumps, based on the series of horror-themed books by R.L. Stine, wasn’t a huge hit, grossing $150 million worldwide, which would still make it profitable based on its $58 million production budget.
What’s odd about Sandel’s attachment as director is that a.) he doesn’t have a ton of time to get to work on what generally would be an FX-heavy movie and b.) Sony isn’t even sure if they want original star Jack Black back as Stine.
The fact that Sony has two different scripts in development for Sandel to direct doesn’t put a lot of confidence for this being a worthy project. It’s also odd that they’d reconsider Black’s involvement, especially considering how great he is in next week’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which could be a big holiday hit for Sony.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad scribe Rob Lieber is writing one of the scripts, and Sony is looking to cut down the budget for a sequel.
Repped by WME and Principato-Young Entertainment, Sandel previously directed the Lionsgate-released Bella Thorne comedy The Duff in 2015, and has the upcoming rom-com When We First Met, starring Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario and Arrow star Robbie Amell. Sandel has also been attached to direct a live action adaptation of the popular Monster High toy line for Universal. Sandel won an Oscar for his 2007 live action short West Bank Story.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor