Last week, news leaked out that Chloe Okuno, who recently made her feature directorial debut with the thriller Watcher, starring Maika Monroe (read our review HERE), would be following in the footsteps of Fear Street Part One: 1994, Fear Street Part Two: 1978, and Fear Street Part Three: 1666 director Leigh Janiak to direct a new Fear Street movie for the Netflix streaming service. Syfy Wire has since been able to confirm the scoop that Okuno will be directing a new Fear Street movie, and done one better. Actually two better, as Syfy Wire revealed that they have heard Okuno will be directing a whole trilogy of Fear Street movies, just like Janiak did!
Here’s how they put it: SYFY WIRE has confirmed the streaming giant will enter production on a second trilogy of films inspired by the best-selling YA book series from prolific horror author, R.L. Stine. Up-and-coming director Chloe Okuno (Watcher) is on board to helm the trio of movies, with Chernin Entertainment returning to produce.
Okuno also directed the Storm Drain segment of V/H/S/94 and an episode of Showtime’s Let the Right One In series.
The three Fear Street movies we got last year had the following synopses:
Fear Street Part One: 1994 – A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years.
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 – Shadyside, 1978. School’s out for summer and the activities at Camp Nightwing are about to begin. But when another Shadysider is possessed with the urge to kill, the fun in the sun becomes a gruesome fight for survival.
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 – The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.
It’s not clear whether or not Janiak will have any involvement with the new Fear Street movie(s). When her trilogy was released, she said, “The stories within R.L. Stine’s books are centered around the idea of infinite repeatability. Every story takes place in this town called Shadyside and focuses on a different person who lives on Fear Street, but the films aren’t a direct adaptation. The spirit of the books is definitely infused throughout — it’s embodied in our story, our characters, and the overall craziness that ensues.“
I was surprised to hear that Janiak wasn’t directing the new Fear Street movie – but if it’s actually a whole trilogy, it makes sense that she wouldn’t want to take on the task of making three movies back-to-back-to-back all over again. Are you hoping Okuno is directing a new trilogy, or would you rather see one Fear Street movie made at a time from now on? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Me, I’m totally on board to watch another Fear Street trilogy. Bring it on!