Streaming service Netflix has picked up the distribution rights to the live-action feature film trilogy based upon children’s horror author R.L. Stine’s Fear Street book series.
Originally going into production under 20th Century Fox, the three interconnected films have all been directed by Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon, Scream: The TV Series) and feature an ensemble cast that includes Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Emily Rudd, Benjamin Flores Jr, Gillian Jacobs, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald and Jeremy Ford.
The original plan was to release the three films theatrically, but with Disney acquiring the movies as part of the Fox acquisition and the Mouse House facing a crowded release schedule as a result of cinema closures (not to mention the subject matter being outside of Disney’s traditional wheelhouse), producer Peter Chernin of Chernin Entertainment had been allowed to shop the trilogy elsewhere.
As a result, Netflix has now swooped in, with Deadline reporting that the streamer is now looking to release all three movies a month apart in the summer of 2021 as a themed event dubbed ‘The Summer of Fear’.