Via Slashfilms: Growing up as a kid in the 90s you couldn’t escape the hype of the Goosebumps book series from author R. L. Stine, published by Scholastic Publishing. With bright colors and horrid covers, that was enough to make most kids pick up a copy and see what terror lied in the pages. The series was such a success it was eventually adapted into a film starring Jack Black in 2015.
20th Century Fox is now looking to bring Stine’s other book series, Fear Street, to the big screen with an unique release plan. A Fear Street movie (originally scripted by Kyle Killen), was first announced for a film adaptation back in 2015. The Hollywood Reporter announced the details of the Fear Street movie trilogy, with three different Fear Street films that being shot back-to-back and then released back-to-back one month after another.
Leigh Janiak is the filmmaker tasked with rewriting and directing the first Fear Street movie. While it’s an interesting strategy as I don’t recall it being done on this grand a scale, it’s also a huge gamble. I am sure the news of the strategy and R.L. Stine’s name alone are enough to spark interest, but producers are taking a huge risk. If the first film isn’t received well then they won’t have time to reshoot or adjust their plans. The very first film has to be near perfect if people are going bother to see the other two. I think a strategy such as this one would work great on a platform like Netflix or Amazon, but by releasing it in theaters 20th Century Fox is leaving themselves in great peril.
We’ll have to wait ti see how this innovative franchise plan plays out.