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When I first saw Jack Black on the poster for The House with a Clock in Its Walls, I thought that it was some sort of spin-off or sequel to Goosebumps due to how similar the style of the posters for these films were.
However, I was wrong and The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a movie that is based on a novel completely separate from the Goosebumps series. The screenplay for this film was written by Eric Kripke and, in an interview with Collider, he spoke about the movie.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Here is what Eric Kripke stated when it came to the topic of what he saw in the source material that made him believe it could be turned into a film:
“To me, it was the tone, more than anything else. I still loved the world, and it spoke to a world that people don’t really make as movies anymore, but the thing that I most responded to was that there’s this world where there’s magic bubbling just beneath the surface.”
“It’s this very Midwestern American world that seems very normal, but underneath it is all of this darkness and occult magic, and there was this real danger, even though it was a kid’s book. Real people could get hurt, and there was real evil and real stakes out in the world, but it was leavened with this great humor and an incredible amount of heart.”
“If you didn’t know any better, you would say that I’m describing Supernatural. That’s how directly they are related, and it’s that combination that’s the reason I was confident Supernatural would work. I said, ‘That combination of heart and scares just beneath the surface, Midwestern Americana, and humor is gonna work because that was what I remember loving, as a kid.’”
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