R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Adaptations Still Moving Forward at Fox
Iconic horror fiction author R.L. Stine took to Twitter to confirm that the film adaptation of his popular YA horror book series Fear Street is still moving forward at 20th Century Fox. He made the announcement due to the fans’ constant questions about the upcoming trilogy.
Every day, people ask me if there will ever be movies based on the Fear Street books. The answer is yes. THREE Fear Street movies are in the works at Fox. While you wait, you might try the newest book… pic.twitter.com/qzoPN9RLZE
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) November 15, 2018
Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon) is set to pen and direct three scripts for Fear Street which will be shot back-to-back-to-back. The trilogy’s planned release dates are said to be close to each other. The first three books in the “Fear Street” series are “The New Girl,” “The Surprise Party” and “The Overnight,” though there is no word on which ones the three scripts are based on.
Janiak is reportedly overseeing a writers room to coordinate the stories, which will take place in different time periods. Kyle Killen wrote the first, Zak Olkewicz wrote the second, and Silka Luisa is writing the third. Janiak and her partner Phil Graziadei will work on the first one. Chernin Entertainment (War for the Planet of the Apes) is on board to produce.
The “Fear Street” series is a horror series for teenage readers that Stine began in 1989. He wrote “Ghost of Fear Street” beginning in 1995 for younger readers and stopped after doing the “Fear Street Seniors” spinoff in 1999. He came back to the series in 2005 with the three-part “Fear Street Nights” miniseries. He revived the series again in 2014. The books are set in the fictional town of Shadyside, Ohio and take place in the 1980s and 1990s. Some characters occasionally crossed over between books. There are 52 books in the main series alone.
R.L. Stine is also known for his Goosebumps series of books, which became a film in 2015 starring Jack Black.