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Fox Developing R.L. Stine’s ‘Fear Street’ as Theatrical Movie Series Released Months Apart

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Horror director Leigh Janiak is writing three different scripts that could be shot back-to-back-to-back and be released one month after another.

Fox’s adaptation of the popular R.L. Stine book series Fear Street is getting another shot at the big-screen, but this time with a possible envelope-pushing distribution twist.

Leigh Janiak, the rising horror director behind the indie hit Honeymoon, has closed a deal to re-write and direct Fear Street. But, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, the deal calls for her to write or rewrite three different scripts that could be shot back-to-back-to-back. And released back-to-back-to-back, one month after another. The plan has been described by one insider as “binge-ing movies.”

Fox would not comment on the release plan but some sources are excited about the forward-thinking nature of it and the studio’s seeming boldness to embrace it.

And for Janiak, it offers the budding filmmaker a franchise over which she will get a certain amount of stewardship. One thing she is already doing is overseeing a writers room of sorts to co-ordinate the writing of stories that take place in different time periods. Zak Olkewicz (Lights Out) is working the second script whle Silka Luisa is working on the third. Kyle Killen wrote the first one, which Janiak and her partner Phil Graziadei will tackle.

Chernin Entertainment, the shingle behind Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes, is producing.

Fear Street was a scare-filled book series that Stine began prior to his wild success of his Goosebumps book series. Fear was still very successful, with over 80 million books sold. And while Goosebumps skewed to the younger teen market, Fear was aimed at teens, and was markedly adult and more violent.

The stories in the books were set in the fictional town of Shadyside, Ohio, spanned different times periods in the 1980s and 1990s, and featured new sets of characters, although some occasionally made appearances in other books, giving the books a kind of universe dimension.

Janiak made her feature directorial debut with Honeymoon, a 2014 indie horror movie that generated plenty of buzz and opened doors for the filmmaker, a rare female voice in the traditionally male bastion of horror. She directed episodes of horror shows Scream: The TV Series and Outcast and was developing the remake of the supernatural thriller The Craft. She is no longer attached to the latter.

Janiak is repped by Verve.

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