Alvin Schwartz‘s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark may have been presented as a collection of children’s horror stories that is rooted in folklore and urban legend, but it is the basis of why those same kids who read all three volumes are fans of the horror genre now. I remember reading at least one book when I was a kid, but I’d never thought they would be able to turn all of that into a film.
Now, CBS Films will be releasing an adaptation of the same name. In it, a group of young people attempt to solve a mystery that involves a series of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small hometown. Check out the first look at Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark here below.
If you lost countless nights of sleep growing up thanks to the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books written by Alvin Schwartz, you know just how crucial the artwork by Stephen Gammell was in planting the seeds deep in your psyche that would later grow into terrible nightmares.
You’re also probably aware that the books were re-released a handful of years ago, complete with brand new, far less haunting artwork. This did not go over well. Fans were clearly outraged. And, as it turns out, that intense disapproval had an impact. The publisher of the books, Harper Collins, has re-released the books yet again, but this time they have Gammell’s original artwork restored.
Many people, myself included, were deeply scarred by author Alvin Schwartz‘s horror book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, especially with artist Stephen Gammell‘s original illustrations. Recently a movie adaptation of the books has been in development, and earlier this year it was announced that Guillermo del Toro was now working on it with the possibility of even directing it himself.
It will likely be a bit before get a better idea of where the movie is going. So for now, here’s a video to hold you over. The video is of an artist creating a 3D chalk re-creation of one of Gammell’s drawings. It’s a quick video for sure, but still cool to see.
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.