They need to lock this down because he is THE PERFECT director for this!
CBS films is reportedly close to locking in the perfect director to bring the book series that terrified us all as children to life! Written by Alvin Schwartz and infamously illustrated by Stephen Gammell, the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark series scared us all with short horror stories such as The Big Toe, The Red Spot, and Clinkity-Clink.
While the adaptation's script has been penned by Charlie's Angels and Titan A.E. screenwriter, John August, it has yet be linked to a potential director, until now! Deadline reports that Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro has been swimming around the film, being a huge fan of the books, and is close to making it official. Guillermo would also co-produce the film, which is even more exciting!
This could NOT be a more perfect fit for these little devices of pure terror! Part of the huge draw of the books are the haunting and unique illustrations by Steven Gammell that accompany each story, and it's important the films communicate the same aesthetics from the books if they are going to work. Well, del Toro not only actually owns several original illustrations by Gammell, but have you seen Pan's Labyrinth? Pan's is easily Guillermo's most acclaimed film, and a personal favorite of mine, and it's cinematography is what makes it so.
The visuals are out of the box and astounding, and the haunting images from the film stick with you long after you've finished watching. The film follows a young girl through a dark and magical land as she desperately tries to escape the reality of her war torn country. Just watch the trailer below for yourself!
Now can you imagine all that brilliant cinematography put to use to bring images like these to the big screen?
Match made in heaven... or maybe hell, as far as I'm concerned. The books are actually known to be so terrifying to children that they have been banned on and off since their release in 1984. I personally remember staying up at night terrified and ready to pee my pants after reading them in grade school one day. Heck, I still am scared of them! Scarred for life I tell you, and I can't even imagine the pure horror the film will incite in audiences of all ages!
Now, here are seven blood-curdling stories from the books they simply have to incorporate into the film!
1. The Big Toe
Basically, a kid finds a toe in his garden and brings it home for supper (completely normal). Later that night after his family's tummies are full of the toe and slipping into slumber, the boy hears a man's voice coming toward him in the dark saying, "Where's my toooooooooooe?"... Yeah, I was scarred for life from that one.
2. The Babysitter
This one hit home, I mean who didn't babysit for some quick cash when they were young. It's based on a urban legend about a babysitter watching three kids and the mysterious phone calls she gets. The man on the other end never identifies himself but breathes heavily into the phone. After calling the police, the operator screams at the babysitter to get out, the calls are actually coming from the house itself. She narrowly escapes the madman as the police arrive to find the children safe and the madman gone, having left his bloody ax. Cool. NBD. Just never babysitting again.
3. May I Carry Your Basket
There's a basket with a lady's severed head in it and the head chases. Moral of the story, never carry anyone's basket for them. Ever.
5. The Drum
Two young girls behave very badly in order to score a drum with little dancing people in it from a gypsy. Instead, the only thing they get is a new mother with a glass eye and wooden tail that thumps on the floor. It's every child's worst nightmare: their parents actually sticking to their word and abandoning them for their bad behavior, and then leaving them with an evil witch.
A couple of pretentious farmers make a scarecrow fashioned after another farmer they both hate named Harold. They smack the scarecrow around and abuse it, but soon it starts to show signs of life. Eventually, the scarecrow creature Harold climbs on a roof and walks like a horse and basically if I tell you anymore you won't sleep for days.
7. High Beams
There is this young girl driving when suddenly the truck behind her begins flashing his high beams at her, but never passes her or pulls aside her or anything. She pulls off to a side road and when she gets out the man in the truck has followed her and pulls out a gun. Only the gun isn't meant for her, it's for the killer with a knife hiding in her back seat. This story is why I keep mace, lots and lost of mace in my car... and why I took karate.
There are over 50 stories in the series that could potentially be adapted in the film, so it will be extremely interesting to see which ones they decide to include and just how they go about doing it! No details on the script have come out so anything is fair game. With Guillermo involved though, I think the film has a solid shot at doing the books justice!