THE FEAR STREET TRILOGY'S ROCKY ROAD TO THE SCREEN
By Kirsten Howard
The highly anticipated adaptation of R. L. Stine’s Fear Street book series didn’t have an easy journey to Netflix
This summer, the Fear Street horror movie trilogy will finally be released on Netflix.
We first found out that a new live-action Fear Street project was happening all the way back in 2015.
20th Century Fox was developing it based on R. L. Stine’s popular book series.
Even though the studio was later acquired by Disney, production on a trilogy of Fear Street films was underway.
Stranger Things star Maya Hawke was cast, along with Benjamin Flores Jr, Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, and Jeremy Ford.
Fox planned to release the trilogy over three months in theaters.
Unfortunately, the films were pulled from the schedule when the pandemic hit.
In August 2020, Netflix decided to snag the distribution rights to the Fear Street Trilogy, and scheduled the movies to release over three weeks.
In Fear Street Part One: 1994, a group of teens encounter an ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town Shadyside for over 300 years.
While in Fear Street Part 2: 1978, the slashing action relocates to Camp Nightwing where some Shadyside summer fun will turn gruesome.
In the final part of the Fear Street Trilogy, the origins of the Shadyside curse will finally be revealed in 1666.
It’s unclear whether Netflix plans to make more Fear Street films, but the streaming service still has plenty of Stine’s material to choose from if this trilogy is a success.
Stine revived the book series in October 2014 after renewed interest in the series.
The author’s Fear Street offerings have now sold over 80 million copies and counting around the world!