Guillermo del Toro boards “SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK” featureMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
The beloved series of books that terrified generations now have a modern master of horror involved in bringing them to the screen.
Guillermo del Toro has joined the SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK movie, based on the trilogy of anthologies by Alvin Schwartz that debuted in 1984 and sold over seven million copies worldwide (see Fango #339 for a feature article about them). Del Toro, who owns several pieces of original art created for the books by Stephen Gammell, will produce the film with Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave, and may direct it as well. The screenplay was written by John August, who scripted FRANKENWEENIE, DARK SHADOWS and CORPSE BRIDE for Tim Burton; plot details have yet to be announced. The SCARY STORIES collections remain among the most-banned books by the American Library Association due to their ability to induce nightmares in their young readers, which has only helped them maintain their popularity to this day.