By Karen Yossman, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
The last time Jack Black gave us goosebumps was when we saw him perform ‘Tribute (The Greatest Song In The World)’ live in concert. But the rock ’n’ rolling funnyman is back with a film set to get the hairs standing on the back of your neck: a film version of the tween-horror lit series “Goosebumps.”
“It’s a huge series that cropped up in the ‘90s and it swept the nation and the world. It sold, like, 400 million copies worldwide,” he explained when MTV sat down with Black at San Diego Comic Con. And while everything he says sounds hilarious, Black is actually not far off – as of 2012, “Goosebumps” has sold 300 million copies in 32 languages.
The big-screen version – “It’s a comedy but it’s also got some cool scary stuff in it,” he told us – sees Black playing “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stein, who’s forced to battle the fictional monsters he’s created after they come to life. “It’s kind of like ‘The Avengers’ of “Goosebumps” stories in that we get a bunch of the ‘Goosebumps’ creatures and monsters into one powerhouse film. Hopefully it’ll kind of be kind of like ‘Avengers’ at the box office,” he adds of the billion-dollar grossing film.
While we can’t guarantee box-office billions, anything with the “School of Rock” star in it is sure to be a hit (we can blame “Shallow Hal” on Gwyneth Paltrow right?).
(photo credit: Hopper Stone, Columbia Pictures)