Fear Street (film)

Fear Street is an upcoming American horror film directed by Leigh Janiak and based on the book series of the same name by R. L. Stine. It is set to become the first film in a trilogy that will be released one month after another.

Fear Street
Directed byLeigh Janiak
Produced by
Written by
Based onFear Street
by R. L. Stine
Music byMarco Beltrami
CinematographyCaleb Heymann
Edited byRachel Katz
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
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  • 2021 (2021)
CountryUnited States


In 1994, a group of teenagers find out that the terrifying events that have occurred in their town of Shadyside, Ohio, may be connected to each other, and that they may be the next targets.[1]



On October 9, 2015, TheWrap reported a film based on Stine's Fear Street series was being developed by 20th Century Studios (then known as 20th Century Fox before its acquisition by Disney) and Chernin Entertainment.[2] On February 13, 2017, The Tracking Board reported that Kyle Killen will write the script for the film.[3] Leigh Janiak will direct the film, and Janiak and her partner Phil Graziadei will contribute to the script written by Killen.[4][5] The film will be the first to be released as part of a trilogy of films set in different time periods. The Hollywood Reporter states that the plan is to film the trilogy back-to-back, and release the films one month apart.[4]

In February 2019, it was reported that Kiana Madeira and Olivia Welch would be starring in the film as gay teenagers "trying to navigate their rocky relationship when they're targeted by the crazy horrors of their small town, Shadyside". The two characters are from different time periods, with one being from the mid-1990s and the other from the 1600s.[6] In March 2019, Benjamin Flores Jr., Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald and Jeremy Ford joined the cast.[7][8] In April 2019, Gillian Jacobs, Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd and McCabe Slye joined the cast.[9][10][11] The following month, Darrell Britt-Gibson was announced as a cast member.[12]

In March 2019, filming began in Atlanta and East Point, Georgia.[8][13] Several vacant storefronts in the North DeKalb Mall in Georgia were renovated so that they could be used for filming.[14][15] Casual Corner, Software Etc., B. Dalton Bookseller, Musicland and Gadzooks were placed.[16] Production also took place at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge in August 2019.[17] Filming wrapped in September 2019.[18]


The film was scheduled to be released in June 2020,[19] but it was pulled from the schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[20] In April 2020, Chernin Entertainment ended their distribution deal with 20th Century Studios and made a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix.[21]

On August 11, 2020, it was reported that Netflix had acquired the trilogy for a mid 2021 release date with the original release strategy of one film per month.[22]


  1. ^ Squires, John (February 27, 2019). "Kiana Madeira and Olivia Welch Set to Star in Upcoming 'Fear Street' Movie Trilogy". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 9, 2015). "'Goosebumps' Author R.L. Stine's 'Fear Street' Books Headed to Big Screen (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Sneider, Jeff (February 13, 2017). "Kyle Killen to Write R.L. Stine's "Fear Street" Movie for Fox, Chernin (Exclusive)". The Tracking Board. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Kit, Borys (July 13, 2017). "Fox Developing R.L. Stine's 'Fear Street' as Theatrical Movie Series Released Months Apart". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (July 13, 2017). "R.L. Stine's 'Fear Street' in Development for Three Fox Movies". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Sneider, Jeff (February 27, 2019). "Exclusive: R.L. Stine's 'Fear Street' Trilogy to Star Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch". Collider. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Vlessing, Etan (March 27, 2019). "Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, Jeremy Ford Join Fox's 'Fear Street' Trilogy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  8. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (March 12, 2019). "'Fear Street': Benjamin Flores, Jr. Joins Fox and Chernin Entertainment's R.L. Stine Adaptation". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (April 16, 2019). "Gillian Jacobs Joins Fox's Adaptation of R.L. Stine's 'Fear Street' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  10. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 1, 2019). "'Stranger Things' Star Sadie Sink Joins Fox's 'Fear Street' Trilogy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  11. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 25, 2019). "Fox's 'Fear Street' Adds Emily Rudd & McCabe Slye". Deadline.
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (May 21, 2019). "Darrell Britt-Gibson Cast In 'Fear Street'; 'On My Block's Jason Genao Joins 'Film Fest'; Stelio Savante In 'Lapham Rising'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Williams, Dorjan (March 13, 2019). "East Point has nothing to fear but 'Fear' itself". 11Alive.com. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  14. ^ Whisenhunt, Dan (April 23, 2019). "North DeKalb Mall lives again on the big screen". Decaturish.com. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  15. ^ Capelouto, J. D. (May 3, 2019). "New Findings: North DeKalb Mall is so empty, it's become a hot spot for filming". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  16. ^ Ho, Rodney (May 3, 2019). "R.L. Stine's 'Fear Street' turning North DeKalb Mall into a 1990's era mall with Musicland, B. Dalton, Gadzooks". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  17. ^ Walljasper, Matt (August 29, 2019). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Coming 2 America, After We Collided, The Underground Railroad, and more". Atlanta. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  18. ^ Ho, Rodney (October 10, 2019). "Active Georgia TV/film productions drop to 35 vs. 42 in October 2018". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  19. ^ Cavanaugh, Patrick (January 25, 2019). "'Fear Street' Movie Based on R.L. Stine Book Snags Director". ComicBook.com. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  20. ^ McNary, Dave (August 11, 2020). "Netflix Buys R.L. Stine's 'Fear Street' Trilogy From Disney". Variety. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  21. ^ "Chernin Entertainment, Netflix Sign First-Look Deal for Film". 8 April 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  22. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (August 11, 2020). "Will 2021 Be The Summer Of Fear? Netflix Eyes That Slot After Landing R.L. Stine 'Fear Street' Movie Trilogy From Disney & Chernin; Leigh Janiak Directed The Trio". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 11, 2020.

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