Goosebumps first look Jack Black is RL Stine

Jack Black talks playing the master in this first look at spooktacular Goosebumps

The first pictures from Goosebumps have arrived, with Jack Black starring as beloved author RL Stine.

EW debuted the stills, which shows Black as the author “whose ghoulish creatures—previously confined to his bestselling children’s books—are unexpectedly brought to life by a teen neighbor (Dylan Minnette). With the help of Stine’s daughter, Hannah (Odeya Rush), a race ensues to capture the author’s manic monsters from wrecking havoc on their small town”

“Even though I’m playing a real person, this is obviously a fictionalised version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books,” Black told EW. “I made [the character] more of a sort of curmudgeonly dark, brooding beast master. So from the very beginning, I was taking liberties. I think he’s cool with it though.”

The star of School Of Rock and Nacho Libre also confirmed that the film won’t water down the source material, which comes as a great relief to all of us who had nightmares after reading Say Cheese And Die!

“Kids like scary movies, but you can’t take them to what are the big scary movies now where Satan comes out and bites your genitals off,” Black enthused. “Those movies can actually leave you mentally scared; that’s not for kids. But kids still like to get a little thrill and a little danger, so you need projects like this.”

Goosebumps is released 15 August 2015.