Get ready for a few trips back to Shadyside.
Variety reports R.L. Stine’s horror book series Fear Street is being developed as a potential film trilogy at 20th Century Fox. The studio has tapped Leigh Janiak (Outcast, MTV’s Scream) to direct and oversee the development of the scripts for the various projects. The studio has also locked up some interesting writers to script these potential teen scare-fests. Kyle Killen (Awake), Zak Olkewicz and Silka Luisa (The Wilding) are all locked in to write scripts for the proposed franchise. Killen is arguably the most interesting hire, as the mastermind behind NBC’s short-lived (but excellent) reality-bending series Awake.
In case you didn’t come of age in the 1990s, Fear Street is a book series from author R.L. Stine that was like a slightly more mature (think YA) take on horror when compared to his more kid-friendly Goosebumps series. The stories took place in the city of Shadyside, and focus on teens dealing with everything from evil ghosts to straight-up murder mysteries. They’re a bit gorier and scarier than Stine’s typical fare, so we’d think however this turns out, you’re probably looking at something in the PG-13 range.
There are more than 100 stories in the Fear Street franchise (including all sorts of spinoffs), so there are no shortage of stories to draw from when it comes time to make a movie. Here’s hoping The New Girl, Haunted and Silent Night at least get a look. What do you think? Which stories would you like to see adapted?