Quite a few movie release dates have been shuffled around, including Alpha. The latter is directed by Albert Hughes, known for his work on The Book of Eli and From Hell, and centers around the myth of how humans domesticated wolves. Alpha stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as the main character, who is yet unnamed.
The movie was to come out March 2 of next year but now has been moved to September 14. The new date leaves Alpha in competition with MGM’s Fighting With My Family (a comedy starring Dwayne Johnson) and 20th Century Fox’s The Darkest Minds (a sci-fi starring Gwendoline Christie).
Goosebumps 2 has also been moved from September 21 to October 12, making it a more official Halloween movie. Goosebumps 2 is the sequel to Goosebumps, both starring Jack Black as the author of the book series, R.L. Stein.
The premise of the movies is that R.L. Stein’s original manuscripts have the power to release the actual monster written within the pages. Black’s character usually keeps these manuscripts locked up tightly, but a couple of teenagers break the locks. Voila, a nearly two-hour movie.
There are, of course, a great deal of inconsistencies and utterly implausible concepts. If you know even an inkling of what it takes to publish a book, you know what kind of process a manuscript has to go through. There is simply no way an agent, publisher, and editor would somehow approve a book without seeing the original manuscript.
That said, Goosebumps can be a fun movie as long as you remember to believe whatever it serves without question. The monsters are well designed and Jack Black is enjoyable to watch.
The new release date for Goosebumps 2 will put the movie in competition with Lionsgate’s Hellfest (a horror film currently in development) and Universal’s First Man (a historical drama starring Ryan Gosling).