If you are a 1990s kid, then brace yourself because the nightmares you endured in your childhood are headed to the big screen. The book series which kept numerous kids awake during their sleepovers, the Alvin Schwartz written Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, is now closer to reality than ever. Guillermo Del Toro’s favorite project has reportedly come into reckoning over the last few years, and now CBS Films has joined hands with Entertainment One to co-finance the movie.
André Øvredal has been signed as the director to make a movie based on a script written by Daniel and Kevin Hageman (writers of The LEGO Movie). The movie’s synopsis mentions the movie to be a thriller revolving around a group of teenagers who aim to solve a mystery regarding various sudden and gory deaths in their small town.
There is no clarity about how the movie will merge the various short stories from three books written by Schwartz. However, the more important fact is that the movie uses the illustrator Stephen Gammell’s frightening original designs (10 prints of which are owned by Del Toro).
Initially, Del Toro wanted to helm the project, but, he will now serve as a producer in tandem with Sean Daniel, Elizabeth Grave, Jason F. Brown and J. Miles Dale. The movie goes into production in summer, and now that the financial commitments are all established, casting news can’t be far.
Schwartz’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark book trilogy was first published in 1984 and so far over 7 million copies have been sold all over the world. Their extremely frightening content has got them a place among most banned titles in libraries.