Netflix has acquired the rights to R.L. Stine’s Fear Street trilogy from its competitor, Disney+!
Originally intended to release in theaters under 20th Century Fox after Sony’s Goosebumps adaptation, the films were given to Disney before solidifying their place at Netflix.
Published in 1989, Fear Street differs from traditional Goosebumps novels in that it does not only feature paranormal activity but gruesome murder mysteries as well. Aimed towards teens, the series has sold more than eighty million copies as of 2010.
Stine has continued writing Fear Street novels up to now, adapting them to current generations. Discussing what it’s like to write about modern teenagers, Stine exclaimed:
It’s actually much harder because the technology has ruined a lot of things that make for good mysteries—largely because of cell phones. You can’t have a mystery caller anymore. You can’t have someone making horrible phone calls and you don’t know who it is. Now, you know immediately. You look at your phone, and you know. You have to get rid of the phone when you’re writing the book. Everyone has a phone now and everyone can just call for help. In some ways, it’s much more challenging now.
It’s a good thing the first film will take place in 1994!
Fear Street began filming last year in Georgia. One film within the trilogy will be released each month during the summer of 2021 in what is dubbed as “The Summer of Fear.” Are you ready to get spooked?