With the release of its third instalment in July 2021, “Fear Street,” Netflix’s favourite new horror franchise, came to an end. The trilogy’s last installment revealed the curse that has been following the community of Shadyside for ages. But is this really the end? Or are there new films in development?
The “Fear Street” trilogy, which was also adapted for cinema and television, was influenced by R.L. Stine’s books of the same name, which are a darker and more brutal version of the author’s well-known “Goosebumps” volumes (which were written for younger audiences). Three movies that are set in 1994, 1978, and 1666 tell the plot, which is set in the made-up town of Shadyside. A gang of teenagers are portrayed in “Fear Street” as they struggle to survive a terrifying curse placed on their town by a witch that has caused a different resident to become possessed and go on a killing rampage every generation. The group’s journey through the investigation begins in 1666, the year Sarah Fier was condemned to death for her crimes and accused of being a witch.
The trilogy’s plot summary is as follows:
In 1994, a group of teenagers discover the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected and they may be the next targets. Based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series, FEAR STREET follows Shadyside’s sinister history through a nightmare 300 years in the making.
Fans of “Fear Street” have questioned whether the series will continue after the trilogy, but according to director and co-writer Leigh Janiak (who also directed the independent horror movie “Honeymoon”), there may be hope!
The Fear Street Cinematic Universe Is A Dream
Leigh Janiak, the director and co-writer of “Fear Street,” admitted in an interview with Collider that the creative team “had ideas” for the trilogy to go on and change into a bigger franchise. As a series of movies that explore slasher murders from various eras, “Fear Street” has the potential to become the horror equivalent of Netflix’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Janiak.
“One of the things that I talked about before I was hired was that we have a potential here to create a horror Marvel, where you can have slasher killers from lots of different eras.”
The director intended to use the concept of the devil living in Shadyside in additional movies, thus it became the central theme of the trilogy. Janiak hoped that people would enjoy the films so that the group might create a second trilogy.
“You have the canon of our main mythology that’s built around the fact that the devil lives in Shadyside, so there’s also room for everything else … I think that my hope is that audiences like it enough that we can start building out [more], we can think about what another trilogy would be, what standalones would be, what TV would be.
“I don’t even think about it like TV or movies exactly anymore. That’s the great thing about Netflix and about what ‘Fear Street’ is, which is kind of a hybrid new thing. I’m excited about the possibility of what else can happen.”
The “Fear Street” trilogy has surely been profitable for the streaming service because each instalment quickly rose to the top of Netflix’s most-watched movies on the weekend of its debut. There are axes being buried in skulls, people! The three movies worked together to portray a single story and didn’t shy away from gore, acting as a reminder that this is absolutely not “Goosebumps.” It’s a very good slasher franchise, and it would be intriguing to see “Fear Street” develop under Janiak’s direction.
Is There A Release Date For Fear Street 4?
Although Janiak has stated that she wishes to complete the trilogy, Netflix has not yet made the fourth instalment of the “Fear Street” series public. The films aren’t a direct adaptation of R.L. Stine’s books, even though they are inspired by them and are set in the same world. There are still many sources to draw from in Stine’s “Fear Street” series, which consists of more than 30 books.
Prior to the pandemic limitations putting those plans on indefinite hold, the “Fear Street” flicks were initially slated to be released on the big screen; at that time, Netflix purchased them. On the streamer, the trilogy was made available between July 2 and July 16. Netflix hasn’t yet hinted at a fourth movie, but with Janiak on board to keep growing the “Fear Street” series of movies, fans may get some good news soon!
Which Cast Members Could Return For Fear Street 4?
No cast members of “Fear Street” sequels or spinoffs have been confirmed officially, but the franchise has previously established a pattern for the same actors playing several characters. In “Fear Street Part 3: 1666,” for instance, Sadie Sink, Kiana Madeira, and Olivia Scott Welch return to play the forebears of their 20th-century characters in multiple roles. This enables “Fear Street” to resurrect original cast members, even if they were eliminated.
Since Janiak has expressed interest in a new trilogy series set in Shadyside, it is possible that previous characters will reappear. Maya Hawke, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, Mccabe Slye, Ted Sutherland, Benjamin Flores Jr., Jordana Spiro, Gillian Jacobs, Ashley Zukerman, Chiara Aurelia, and Jordyn Dinatale are among the other actors who have appeared in the film.