Clearly, the world doesn’t have enough horror movies that are aimed to scare the hell out of the teenagers.
R.L.Stine’s horror novel series is the perfect source material, and what better way to freak young adults out than bringing them to the big screen?
According to TheWrap, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment will develop a movie based on “Fear Street”, the popular teenage horror fiction series written by “Goosebumps” author R.L Stine.
Stein himself confirmed the news to TheWrap, but he isn’t allowed to provide further details. “I’m not allowed to say, but yeah, there’s something happening. I’m usually a loose cannon but they really didn’t want me to talk about it,” Stine said.
However, Stine downplayed the report and shot down the rumour during the “Goosebumps” panel during the recent New York Comic Con (NYCC).
To avoid confusion and get further clarification, movie blog JobBlo had a chance to talk to Stine immediately after the panel.
Regarding the report, Stine said:
I hope it turns out to be true, and I hope to be able in a few weeks to say, yes, we’re doing a Fear Street movie. But at this point, there’s no contract, it shouldn’t have been leaked, it’s not news. It’s just a rumor, really. This Fear Street thing is just ridiculous; someone leaked it because of all the Goosebumps publicity.
It appears that news of the “Fear Street” movie was prematurely reported.
JoBlo once again noted that negotiations might still be taking place, but 20th Century Fox is “waiting to see how “Goosebumps” plays with audiences when it hits theatres at the end of the week”.
Stine’s “Fear Street” series, which is aimed at younger readers, was launched in 1989. It ran for over 100 books and sold around 80 million copies worldwide, bringing total sales of Stine’s books to over USD480 million.
The books mostly take place in the fictional city of Shadyside, Ohio. Featuring average teenagers or the elders to the “Goosebumps” preteens, the stories feature supernatural activity with higher levels of violence and gore than the ones in the “Goosebumps” series.
Stine wrote this series even before he launched “Goosebumps“.
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