Fans of R.L. Stine’s children’s horror novel series Goosebumps have likely been wondering just how an upcoming movie adaptation could fit in so many unrelated storylines. As SlashFilm notes, it’s decided to just go meta. According to the official synopsis, the movie will follow a teenager named Zach who befriends the daughter (Hannah) of the author R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black):

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. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

If Stine’s creepy puppets and basement dwelling monsters are as terrifying as our eight-year-old selves remember, than this may very well be the scariest movie of all time ... Discuss

 

Nerd alert. Having originally titled the final (hopefully) chapter in his Hobbit trilogy There and Back Again, Peter Jackson today announced that he'd decided to give it a decidedly flashier title: The Battle of the Five Armies.There and Back Again felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film," Jackson wrote on Facebook. "But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived 'there' in the Desolation of Smaug."

Fair enough. In any case, there's reason to be hopeful. While the first Hobbit film was a bit of a slog, The Desolation of Smaug picked up significantly. Still, neither of the Hobbit films have touched the pristine excellence of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so here's hoping number three, The Battle of the Five Armies, is a charm ... Discuss

 

According to this story in The Hollywood Reporter, Scarlett Johansson and 12 Years a Slave breakout star Lupita Nyong’o are in talks to join the cast of Jon Favreau’s big-screen Jungle Book adaptation. Because of all of the talking animals, the Disney epic will be a “live-action/CG hybrid movie,” in which Nyong’o will play the wolf Rakcha and Johansson would voice the hypnotic python Kaa. The two would potentially be joining Idris Elba, who has signed on to play Shere Khan the tiger. The new, big-budget Jungle Book hits theaters in October of 2015 ... Discuss

 

The Lego Movie—a film based on a wildly popular brand of toys that holds licensing deals with some of the most popular franchises in media history—was a hit, so what could possibly go wrong with a Peep movie. Sure Peeps are an inanimate novelty candy with no real back-story, only purchased once a year, but why not make a feature length major motion picture out of their brand. What could possibly go wrong? Everybody loves Peeps, right? ... Discuss

 

Now that filmmaker David Fincher is no longer attached to direct an upcoming biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs—written by Aaron Sorkin—Sony is reportedly now in talks with director Danny Boyle to helm the project. And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, unlike Fincher, who wanted Christian Bale for the role of Jobs, Boyle is lobbying for Leo DiCaprio to get the part of the iconic tech industry leader. Though deals aren’t yet signed, it wouldn’t be the first time the two have worked together; DiCaprio starred in Boyle’s 2000 thriller The Beach. Unlike the poorly received Ashton Kutcher flop, Sorkin’s film is based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography, which was written in close collaboration with Jobs before his death .. Discuss