EXCLUSIVE: Comedy thesp Ken Marino (Children’s Hospital, Bad Milo) has joined the cast of Columbia’s Goosebumps, the big-screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s popular series of young-adult horror tales. Marino will play Coach Carr, the blowhard coach at Greendale High who wades into battle when monsters overrun the school. Jack Black, Amy Ryan, and Dylan Minnette are also starring for Black’s Gulliver’s Travels helmer Rob Letterman, who landed the directing gig last March. Jess Siegler, Tania Landau, Deborah Forte and Neal Moritz (Original Films) are producing the pic, which Sony has set for a March 23, 2016 release.
Marino, an alum of MTV’s The State, wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital and starred in and directed the Emmy-nommed Yahoo/E! series Burning Love, from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. He penned Universal comedy features Role Models and Wanderlust and is currently co-scripting Go The F*** To Sleep for Fox 2000 and Return of the Jocks for Fox, both with wife Erica Oyama. Marino starred recently in SXSW horror-comedy Bad Milo, WB’s Veronica Mars movie, and on the final season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down. He also stars in David Caspe’s NBC pilot Marry Me with Casey Wilson and has helmed episodes of ABC’s Super Fun Night, Trophy Wife, and The Goldbergs. Marino is repped by Principato-Young Entertainment and Paradigm.