Guillermo del Toro Developing 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Film

January 14, 2016
Source: The Wrap

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

It looks like Guillermo del Toro has chosen his next project, and it might not be the Fantastic Voyage (or maybe it will be both). The filmmaker has announced via Twitter and press release that he is adapting the book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The screenplay for the feature film was written by John August. The press release states that "in addition to potentially directing, del Toro will also produce the film alongside Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave." No other plot details have been revealed yet, but they do drop this freaky tease about a triptych: "so as to not remind people how badly 'The Red Spot', 'Harold' and 'The Wendigo' traumatized them as children." Ohhh goodness, yep, those freaky ass stories.

Here's the tweet from Guillermo del Toro showing some of his art for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark:

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books are written by Alvin Schwartz and were published, originally, in 1981, with the sequels arriving in 1984 and 1991. From the press release: "Alvin Schwartz’s trilogy of short story collections have sold more than seven million copies worldwide, resulting in at least as many nightmares. From the moment the first book was published in 1984, the Scary Stories series was one of the most banned from placement by the American Library Association, as the collections were considered to be too scary for children. The ensuing controversy only helped to fuel sales, and the trilogy has remained a cultural phenomenon ever since." These stories might be perfect for animation, but they could also be scary if done well live-action. I'm curious to see how this turns out, though I'm already nervous of being scared.

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If he makes another boring movie like the last one he will be kicked out of Hollywood. Don't get me wrong, it's a genius in crafting visuals but emotion and feeling attached to the characters is not his best side....

ari smulders on Jan 14, 2016


The problem with his movies are not the movies, its the way they are marketed. If they were marketed as they are, people would not have a false impression of what to expect. His movies suffer a lot from the "The Grey" problem.

Higgens on Jan 14, 2016


Never heard of word of mouth?

ari smulders on Jan 14, 2016


Yup I agree Higgens. Guillermo was even tweeting to people prior to Crimson Peak coming out that it was not a horror movie like the trailers showed.

Rob8891 on Jan 15, 2016


So sub par movies are to blame marketing? Making excuses is just that! Excuses. I agree with Ari here he is great at crafting visuals, and everything else? Well, meh. Back to Higgens point of expectations. You can certainly expect a different genre or type of movie going in but at the end of the day a good movie is a good movie. I saw The Hangover very late a complete year after release, and I had heard from everyone that it was the funniest movie they had ever seen. Going in I had some high expectations which is normally a bad thing. The movie shone through all that and it was a good movie. I don't agree with it being the greatest ever, but the product was quality and that broke through. So if he made a quality product, that would come through, but he seems to misfire quite a bit.

MaqueeStalker on Jan 15, 2016


I do not, nor do many others, agree that his movies are sub par. They are marketed as "B", so the "B" crowd goes in and is like "this isnt "B", this movie sucks". When in fact its a "C" movie but the "C" crowd has no clue this movie is for them. Pans Labyrinth and The Grey are the best examples of this for me. Both are objectively good movies, they are just not MY kind of movie, as such after being fooled by marketing I really disliked the movies.

Higgens on Jan 15, 2016


I'll believe it when I see it!!~

DAVIDPD on Jan 14, 2016


Ah, the nerdy kid who loved 'Scary Stories' in me is freaking out! I loved both the stories and the even scarier illustrations, which influenced my own drawing, too. I also love anthology horror flicks, and this has the potential to be midnight movie cool while still being artistically accomplished. Maybe like 'Dead of Night' or Bava's 'Black Sabbath.'

Terry Craig on Jan 15, 2016

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