by Mike Flemming Jr.)
EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Minnette has been cast as the co-lead in Sony Pictures’ Goosebumps, the adaptation of the iconic Scholastic YA scary book series written by R.L. Stine. Sony nabbed the rights to the books and tapped Black’s Gulliver’s Travels helmer Rob Letterman to direct last March. The pic is loosely based on the series and is scripted by Darren Lemke and gooseMike White. Minnette will play Zach Cooper, who moves with his family move from NY to to the idyllic town of Greendale, MD, where his secretive new neighbor turns out to be author R.L. Stine (Black). When the many, many demons in Stine’s mind are set free by Slappy, a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Zach and Stine’s niece Hannah (Odeya Rush) to put the evil genies back in the bottle. Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz are producing.
Minnette, repped by CESD, law firm Skrzyniarz & Mallean and the appropriately named in this case Monster Talent, just wrapped a big role opposite Steve Carell in Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day and appeared in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day and Prisoners. On the TV side, his credits include NBC’s Awake and playing Jack Shepard’s son on Lost.