According to Variety, Justin Long has joined the Goosebumps series, which is now in pre-production at Disney+. The show is based on the similarly named, enormously popular R.L. Stine book series. The book series has been published in 32 different languages worldwide and has sold more than 400 million copies in the English language alone.
Long was the first cast member to be formally welcomed onto the program when the long-rumored announcement of the series was eventually announced in February 2022. Ten episodes of the show were commissioned by Disney for its streaming platform. The character of Nathan Bratt, who is portrayed by Long, is characterized as “the new instructor who finds a horrifying connection to a decades-old supernatural crime.
Justin Long Appears In The Disney + Series Goosebumps
According to an exclusive report from Variety, Justin Long has joined the cast of the Disney+ “Goosebumps” series as a series regular.
The show is based on the identically named R.L. Stine book series.
In February, Variety broke the exclusive news that the show has been ordered by Disney+.
“The series follows a group of five high schoolers who unleash supernatural forces upon their town and must all work together — thanks and in spite of their friendships, rivalries, and pasts with each other — in order to save it, learning much about their own parents’ teenage secrets in the process,” according to the official logline. Disney Branded Television claims that five of the most well-known “Goosebumps” books have an effect on the show.
Nathan Bratt, who is described as “the new schoolteacher who develops a horrifying connection to a decades-old supernatural murder,” will be played by Long.
Long has previously appeared in programs like “Giri/Haji,” “New Girl,” “Mom,” and the Netflix animated comedy “F Is for Family,” among others. In terms of movies, he is now starring alongside Bill Skarsgrd and Georgina Campbell in “Barbarian” and in Kevin Smith’s “Clerks III.” In 2021, he made his acting debut in the movie “Lady of the Manor,” which he also co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in alongside his brother Christian. Dodgeball, Jeepers Creepers, Live Free or Die Hard, and Galaxy Quest are a few of his other cinematic credits.
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The “Goosebumps” show’s co-creators and executive producers are Nick Stoller and Rob Letterman, with Stoller serving in that capacity through Stoller Global Solutions. The showrunner and executive producer is Kevin Murphy. Executive producers include Iole Lucchese and Caitlin Friedman of Scholastic Entertainment, Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film, Conor Welch of Stoller Global Solutions, Erin O’Malley, and Iole Lucchese and Pavun Shetty of Original Film. As co-executive producers and writers, Julia Ruchman, James Eagan, and Nick Adams will work on the project.
Producers will be Sony Pictures Television Studios. Sony currently has TV overall arrangements with Original Film and Stoller Global Solutions.
The most recent “Goosebumps” feature films, which debuted in 2015 and 2018, featured Moritz as a producer. The first movie was directed by Letterman. Both films brought in more than $250 million overall.
“Goosebumps” is one of the all-time best-selling book series, and it is published by Scholastic. The books have been published in more than 400 million English-language copies and 32 other international versions. The main book series, as well as other spinoffs and related book series, have resulted in a total of more than 200 “Goosebumps” novels.
The “Goosebumps” live-action series on Disney Plus is now the second to air. Between 1996 and 1998, the original iteration ran for four seasons and 74 episodes. Each episode of that anthology series was based on a different “Goosebumps” novel.
What Should You Expect From Goosebumps?
While the Goosebumps franchise has seen a slew of spinoffs and feature films over the years, the upcoming Disney+ television adaptation will be the second live-action Goosebumps show to hit the small screen. The original live-action television series aired from 1996 to 1998, with each episode based on a different Goosebumps novel, whereas the upcoming Disney+ adaptation will draw inspiration from five of Stine’s most popular children’s horror series.
Letterman, who will direct the first episode of Disney+’s Goosebumps series, was also the director of the first Goosebumps big-screen adaptation, promising veteran fans an extra taste of Goosebumps nostalgia. With the addition of genre regular Long to the television adaptation of Stine’s novels, Disney+’s Goosebumps series is already shaping up to be one that horror fans won’t want to miss. The release date for the upcoming Disney+ Goosebumps adaptation is currently unknown.