The room was alive with dancing and chatter leading up to Sony Picture Entertainment's Goosebumps, and I can't blame them. After all…we were all about to be in the same room as literary legend R.L. Stine. Wait…do you think everyone was more excited about the other panelists? I'm obviously kidding. I was equally excited to see the line up of, Jack Black, Rob Letterman, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, and R.L. Stine.
For those of you who don't know the Goosebumps movie is going to follow the premise of what happens when R.L. Stine's most famous creations escape their manuscripts and it's up to the heroes of the film to get them back in their books where they belong.
The questions started off with a question about how Jack Black did portraying R.L. Stine in the film.
R.L. Stine (Bob) explained:
"People always ask, 'did he capture you' and I always say not at all. Jack is a very sinister version of me. When we met Jack asked me, 'Is there anything in the script that's true about you?' and I said 'Not a thing,' to which he replied, 'I'm going to be a sinister version of you,' and that's just what he did in the film."
The conversation then moved to the importance of titles in the Goosebumps franchise. Jack was asked if he came up with any titles of his own to get into the mindset of R.L. Stine.
He replied in his fantastic sarcastic tone:
"You mean did I actually become a brilliant writer? I'm not that good an actor. But if I was to come up with my own Goosebumps title it would be…The Floating Octopus of Aljanon."
To which Stine replied,
"Oh, I hope I don't steal that."
We were treated to a sneak peak featuring the abominable snowman, one featuring a werewolf, and another one featuring Slappy who is going to be the big villain in the film. When asked about where the inspiration for creating Slappy's character came from, Stine explained that the original Pinnochio tale that his mother used to read to him before bed when he was a child. The original story isn't the fairy tale we think it is, but that's where his inspiration came from.
Jack who also voices Slappy, added:
"the Slappy scenes were some of my favorites."
Some of the other Goosebumps monsters we can look forward to seeing are: lawn gnomes, a giant prey mantas from Shock Street, ghouls, and werewolves.
They chatted about how for years and years the reason a Goosebumps movie took so long to get made was because many people couldn't choose one book. Then someone developed the idea to combine tons of books, and that concept cracked the movie open.
The panel ended with a surprise announcement that Danny Elfman actually does the score for the film! We actually got to listen to the song that plays during the end credits. It was beyond awesome. I can't think of anyone that would be better fit to write music for a film like this.
From the clips I got to see, and the general passion coming from the cast, it's clear that this movie is going to be a hit. It was also an honor to be in the same room with R.L. Stine and…the other R.L. Stine, Jack Black. Get excited because Goosebumps premieres on October 16th.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.