With Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy coming to an end with the release of Fear Street Part Three: 1666 earlier this month, director Leigh Janiak has discussed the potential future of the horror franchise.
In an interview with Indiewire, Janiak revealed her hopes that the Fear Street trilogy can serve as the beginning of an entire franchise that could follow in the same vein as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“One of the exciting things about Fear Street is the fact that the universe is big and allows for a lot of space. One of the things that I talked about before I was hired was that we have a potential here to create a horror Marvel [Cinematic Universe], where you can have slasher killers from lots of different eras. You have the canon of our main mythology that’s built around the fact that the devil lives in Shadyside, so there’s also room for everything else,” Janiak said.
Janiak continued: “I think that my hope is that audiences like it enough that we can start building out [more], we can think about what another trilogy would be, what stand-alones would be, what TV would be. I don’t even think about it like TV or movies exactly anymore. That’s the great thing about Netflix and about what Fear Street is, which is kind of a hybrid new thing. I’m excited about the possibility of what else can happen. I really started getting excited about a ’50s slasher movie, which I haven’t really seen and what that means. It’s just cool to think about the different eras and what’s possible as a horror fan.”
Although Netflix hasn’t officially announced any news regarding the future of Fear Street as of writing, the trilogy has been hugely popular for the streaming service, and with author R.L. Stine releasing seventeen books comprising of over 150 stories over his career, the franchise has plenty of source material to adapt if the series was to continue.