Leigh Janiak to Direct “Fear Street” Trilogy Based on R.L. Stine Books

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Launching an ambitious plan, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have hired Honeymoon filmmaker to direct a trilogy based on R.L. Stine’s beloved series of books, the Tracking Board has learned.

Janiak will oversee the writing of three screenplays that will be developed as a trilogy that could be shot and released back-to-back-to-back. Kyle Killen wrote the first film, as first reported by the Tracking Board, while  penned the second and penned the third.

Chernin Entertainment is producing the project, which 20th Century Fox executive Jason Young will oversee for the studio. Fear Street is a development title at this point, as there’s neither a script nor a start date at this point. But Janiak’s hiring is a step in the right direction for Stine fans who have been figuratively dying to see this series brought to life on the big screen.

Fear Street takes place in the fictional city of Shadyside, Ohio. Some stories feature the kind of supernatural activity found in Stine’s Goosebumps series, but most of the Fear Street books are simply murder mysteries that offer more violence than Goosebumps.

Horror-loving teenagers have devoured Stine’s series of scary stories for more than 25 years. There are at least 100 titles in the Fear Street series, which has sold nearly 100 million copies worldwide. Stine began writing the Fear Street books in 1989, even before he launched the younger-skewing Goosebumps series, which has been adapted for both film and television.

Stine has sold at least 500 million books worldwide, and other popular titles such as The Babysitter (my personal favorite) remain available on the rights market.

Since making her directorial debut in 2014 with the well-received horror movie Honeymoon, Janiak had been busy developing a remake of The Craft at Sony but she’s no longer attached to the project. She also directed multiple episodes of MTV’s Scream, as well as an episode of Robert Kirkman’s Cinemax series Outcast.

Janiak is represented by and attorney Alex Kohner.

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