Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is bringing a childhood classic to life in his newest project, having co-written and producing an upcoming film adaption of the popular children’s fables Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.
Written by Allen Schwartz and Illustrated by Stephen Gammell, Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark is a series of three children’s books: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark which was published in 1981, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, released in 1984, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones which rounded out the trilogy in 1991.
Schwartz was heavily inspired by folklore and urban legends and researched extensively, dedicating over a year for each individual book. The American Library Association listed the series as “most challenged” from 1990–1999 and seventh “most challenged” from 2000–2009 due to the violent nature of the tales as well as the surrealist drawings that accompanied them.
The film will reportedly follow a group of teenagers attempting to solve the mystery of the unexpected and grotesque deaths that seem to keep occurring in their small town. Daniel and Kevin Hageman, the pair behind The LEGO Movie and Hotel Transylvania, adapted the script with del Toro and Andre Ovredal is currently pegged to direct. The film will be financed by Entertainment One and CBS Films with filming set to start in Toronto this summer, in hopes that enough principal photography will be finished in time to show possible investors during the Cannes Film Festival this year.
As of right now, there have been no casting announcements made for the film.
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