When filmmaker Leigh Janiak signed on for her first studio outing after the success of her 2014 indie scary hit “Honeymoon,” she went rather big: not simply one movie, however three, an interconnected trilogy of scary features based upon Fear Street Part 2 Stine’s cherished bestselling “Anxiety Road” series. As the trilogy– a time-spanning collection that transforms Stine’s expansive collection of tales right into an ambitious, gory brand-new scary franchise business– preps to present on Netflix over the following 3 weeks, Janiak is thrilled with how it all ended up, even if the road there was a little frightening.
The movie was originally established at 20th Century Fox back in 2015, as part of production firm Chernin Home entertainment’s long-running deal with the workshop (various other Chernin/Fox hits: the brand-new “Planet of the Apes” trilogy, “Hidden Numbers,” “The Best Showman,” as well as a lot more). Janiak and her writing partner Phil Graziadei came on board in 2017, and also prepared to craft a trilogy of movies for staged release in the summer of 2020 (originally, the concept was to release them a month apart). Disney’s procurement of 20th Century Fox had yet to happen, but it was plainly in the offing.
” The merger had not took place yet, [but] there were type of murmurs in the ether regarding it,” Janiak described in a current interview with IndieWire. “We knew it was mosting likely to occur but it wasn’t official. Moving forward to obtain the green light was a little tough as well, since there was a lot of political walking around that was happening at the workshop, and likewise just them I believe not knowing what was specifically mosting likely to occur.”.
The trilogy started shooting in Georgia in very early March 2019; on March 20, the Disney deal officially closed. “While we were shooting, that’s when the merger became reality, Fear Street Part 2 “Of course, in the back of my head, I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God. Disney, great. What horror movies does Disney make? What does that mean?’ Then on top of that, I’m also thinking, we have this kind of very innovative, new idea that we’re doing here, which is movies that are going to be released in close proximity, and what does that mean for the theaters? How do the traditional studios get their head around it? It was all kind of like, what is going to happen?”.