Jack Black Is Playing R.L. Stine in the ‘Goosebumps’ Movie

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Sony’s Goosebumps film hasn’t really given us anything to get excited about until today. Because now we know that Jack Black isn’t just starring in it, he’s playing R.L. Stine, and the plot is totally meta: The protagonist, a high-schooler named Zach (such a Goosebumps name), meets a neat girl named Hannah, and then her dad, Mr. Stine. “It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange … he is a prisoner of his own imagination — the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books.” UNTIL THEY GET LOOSE. Sounds like my fourth-grade self and my modern-day self are going to have a nice night at the movies together.

Colbert visited The Daily Show to say farewell.

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Zach Dionne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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