By Dianne L. Yost staff writer
The Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce is moving its Visitor Center next Monday and Tuesday to make room for the production crew of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film Goosebumps, starring Jack Black. The Visitor Center will be relocated to the Town Park Cottage at 248 West Jefferson St., in Town Park. “We’re so happy the City of Madison could accommodate the temporary Welcome Center at Town Park Cottage while Goosebumps is filming, and we encourage our businesses and residents to direct visitors to the Town Park location for tourism information and for restrooms beginning next week,” said Madison Main Street Director Ann Huff. Sony is leasing the Welcome Center space to use for filming in and around the Chamber building in downtown Madison. “This is a unique opportunity for us with a major motion picture coming to Morgan County.
It will be our moment in the sun,” said Chamber President and Economic Development Director Bob Hughes. The Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau staff offices for Chamber President & Economic Development Director Bob Hughes, Chamber Office Manager Shey Daniel and Convention & Visitors Director Ellen Ianelli will remain at their current Chamber location as Goosebumps is only using the front portion of the building that houses the Welcome Center.
According to Welcome Center Manager Rhonda Spence who will be moving to the Town Park Cottage, the film’s schedule calls for prep work by the production crew from May 7 through May 11 at the Welcome Center with filming beginning shortly thereafter. “We apologize for any inconvenience moving our Welcome Center might impose, but rest assured we will take good care of our visitors at our beautiful temporary Welcome Center at the Town Park Cottage in Town Park. As always, we will make sure visitors are graciously taken care of and will do all we can to make sure their stay in Madison is enjoyable,” said Hughes.
Pending weather conditions, the Goosebump film’s production schedule also details filming a grocery store scene and a bus crash scene on May 21, at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center’s basement on May 23, a high-speed car chase on May 27, at the Madison Police Station on May 28 and 29. Wrap-up filming also is expected to continue during the first week of June.
The Goosebump film will put the spotlight on Madison and Morgan County and give local residents plenty of opportunities for movie star sightings. In addition to Jack Black, other stars in Goosebumps are Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Ryan Lee and Ken Marino. Sony also will film in Conyers and Atlanta in the DeKalb and Cobb county areas. According to a press release, principal photography has commenced. Rob Letterman is directing the film from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White and a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke.
The producers are Neal Moritz and Deborah Forte. Executive producers are Bill Bannerman and Tania Landau. The production’s creative team also includes director of photography Javier Aguirresarobe, production designer Sean Haworth, editor Jim May and costume designer Judianna Makovsky.
The film will be released on March 23, 2016. In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper meets beautiful Hannah living next door. But Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. The real fun begins the monster’s in Stine’s books (which are real) are accidently unleashed by Zach.