Fox & Disney’s Fear Street trilogy adds Ryan Simpkins
Development on Fox’s trilogy adaptation of R.L. Stine’s acclaimed YA horror novel series Fear Street is coming along strong as Brigsby Bear and The House star Ryan Simpkins has joined the ensemble cast, according to Variety.
The horror trilogy will star Gillian Jacobs (Love, Community), Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Ashley Zukerman (The Wind), Fred Hechinger (Eighth Grade), Julia Rehwald (Panic), Jeremy Ford (A Mother’s Sacrifice), Kiana Madeira (Sacred Lies), Emily Rudd (The Romanoffs), McCabe Slye (Destroyer) and Olivia Welch (Modern Family). Simpkins’ role in the generation-spanning trilogy is currently being kept under wraps.
The Fear Street trilogy, as its currently planned, will be based on Stine’s novel series of the same name. The series first hit shelves back in 1989. It featured a group of teenagers who dealt with supernatural—and often violent—threats to their small town of Shadyside. All three films are being released back-to-back, with the possible intent to release them theatrically a month apart. Although it’s unclear if this will actually transpire.
All three films will be directed by Leigh Janiak, a relative newcomer whose most noteworthy credits are two episodes of MTV’s Scream series and an indie horror film called Honeymoon, which starred Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie. Chernin Entertainment (War for the Planet of the Apes) is on board to produce with Jason Young to oversee the projects for Fox.
Along with penning Fear Street, Stine is most frequently known for his series of children’s horror novels Goosebumps, which has been adapted for the screen a few times. Its first adaptation was a show of the same name which ran in the mid to late 1990s. More recently, the series has been reimagined for the silver screen. The first Goosebumps film hit theaters in 2015 and starred Jack Black (School of Rock) as Stine himself. The sequel, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, was released in 2018 and featured a mostly-new cast of characters.