We first heard about a movie based on Alvin Schwartz‘s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark horror book series back in 2013, with Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan working on the project. We then heard in 2014 that John August, a writer on Tim Burton’s Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows, and Frankenweenie, was hired to work on the script.
If you grew up reading the books, you know how awesome the movie (or movies) could be if done right. Especially if you read the books with the unforgettable nightmare fuel illustrations of artist Stephen Gammell before new illustrations were used for the 30th anniversary editions released in 2011. Now the project gets even more exciting. It’s being reported that Guillermo del Toro, the visionary director behind The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Blade II, Crimson Peak, and more has jumped on board to develop the movie with a possibility of even directing it himself.
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