As is usually the case with all the rest of you fellow 90's kids out there, I'm all but required to be a fan of Goosebumps and Fear Street author R.L. Stine. Let alone the fact that I'm an utter horror movie geek and it could be argued that my love of all things horror started back in the pages of these two young adult book series. But all the same, yes, I am a Stine fanatic and so I'm very excited to pass along word that it looks like HBO's much-ballyhooed upcoming streaming service HBO Max has an all-new horror anthology series headed our way based on Stine's Point Horror novels.
The horror anthology series, which is headed our way from Picturestart and Lionsgate Television, is being described as a show that will expose the horrors of being a teenager. Go figure. More interesting though is the fact that the plan is for each episode to be inspired by - you guessed it - one of R.L. Stine's books from the hit young adult book series and told for today's audiences but with a nostalgic nod to the 1990s. But I think all of that kind of went without saying.
Now as strange as it may sound, the powers that be behind the scenes of HBO Max's Point Horror series have approached director Jon M. Chu to helm the series and executive produce. Who is Jon M. Chu, you might ask? Well, the man sure has some hit films under his belt, but he isn't exactly a filmmaker who screams young adult horror. In fact with a resume that includes films such as G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Now You See Me 2, and Crazy Rich Asians, I can't help but scratch my head a bit wondering why HBO Max chose him as the right man for the job. But whatever, ten years ago did any of us think Jordan Peele was a modern master of horror? Nah. Masters of the macabre hide in all kinds of strange places.
Anyhow, Chu is said to merely be in negotiations to take on the role of director and executive producer of this HBO Max teen horror anthology series so maybe it won't even matter in the end if he passes up the job. That said, if Chu does feel like Point Horror is the next stop on his career path, he would be sharing executive producer credit with not only author R.L. Stine himself, but Yvonne M. Bernard as well.
For those of you out there that aren't immediately familiar with the Point Horror books from the '90s, let me give you a quick crash course. Point Horror was a series of young adult horror fiction books launched by Scholastic Inc back in 1991. Worth noting is that Stine was by no means the only writer to pen books under the banner. Other notable authors include Diane Hoh, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Caroline B. Cooney, and the infamous Christopher Pike. Notable Stine Point Horror books include The Babysitter Quadrilogy, The Boyfriend, The Girlfriend, The Dead Girlfriend, The Snowman, The Hitchhiker, and The Witness. I'm sensing a pattern there. This story comes to us via Variety.