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R.L. Stine's Fear Street In Development For Movie Series

Fear Street isn't a place we want to live, but it's a movie series we'd love to see. 

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Twentieth Century Fox is adapting R.L. Stine's novel series Fear Street for the silver screen in a deal that could subvert the standard the distribution process. 

Rising horror director Leigh Janiak, the brain behind the indie romp Honeymoon, has inked a deal to write and direct Fear Street. Sources close to the outlet state that Janiak's agreement with Fox requires her to "write or rewrite three different scripts" that will potentially be shot one after another, and later released back-to-back-to-back with only a month between debuts. The deal has been scribed as "bingeing movies."

Fear Street incited plenty of scares in author Stine's early days. Selling over 80 million books worldwide, the Fear Street series began prior to Stine's massively successful Goosebumps book franchise and was aimed at an older audience due to its adult themes and instances of violence. The series took place in the fictional Shadyside, Ohio, stretching over different time periods in the '80s and '80s. 

Janiak has reportedly already gotten started on the Fear Street film treatment, heading up a makeshift writers room to plan the scripting of tales. Lights Out co-producer Zak Olkewicz is set to write the second script in the trio, while To the Bone writer Silka Luisa is penning the third. Mind Games writer and executive producer Kyle Killen tackled the first script, which Janiak and Honeymoon scribe Phil Graziadei will take over. Chernin Entertainment, the company who worked on War for the Planet of the Apes, will produce the series. 

Fox hasn't yet issued a statement on the upcoming adaptation or its release plan. However, according to THR, "some sources are excited about the forward-thinking nature of it and the studio's seeming boldness to embrace it."

In addition to her work in film, Janiak has directed episodes of horror series like Scream: The TV Series and Outcast. Most recently, Janiak was on board to develop a remake of The Craft, but has since parted ways with the project.