Simon Pulse, St. Martin’s Press
The big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s FEAR STREET series is just around the corner, as 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have hired Kyle Killen to write the script, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
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.
Killen made a name for himself with his highly original screenplay The Beaver, which paired Mel Gibson with director Jodie Foster. He also wrote the Josh Duhamel thriller Scenic Route and created the TV shows Lone Star, Awake and Mind Games.
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