Guillermo del Toro is getting his wish. The screenplay he adapted with Daniel and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie) for a movie version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is getting made. Deadline reported, Friday.
The film will be based on Alvin Schwartz’s hugely popular and truly terrifying book series that ‘follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town’. Steve Bertram, president of eOne, the company that is co-financing the project, said the film “is such a chillingly fun ride that it’s sure to leave audiences around the world jumping in their seats”.
Schwartz wrote three Scary Stories books with a lot of stories in them, so it’ll be interesting to see which ones del Toro’s script focuses on. My assumption is that we’ll see the first book in this film. It gives opportunities for more films based on the other books down the road.
Though del Toro co-wrote and will produce the film. He won’t be directing. That job is going to André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter). The film is set to start shooting this summer in Toronto, and be made available at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.