After the haunting Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro is returning with more delightful nightmare material by leading the movie adaptation of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, the folklore-inspired series of children's books, for CBS Films. He is being joined by the two screenwriters behind The Lego Movie, Dan and Kevin Hageman.
The Hagemans Have Proved To Be 'Brilliant Writers,' Says Del Toro
Del Toro said he was more than pleased to collaborate with the Hageman brothers, who he's already worked with on Trollhunters, a series for DreamWorks Animation and Netflix:
"I have had such a great time working with the Hagemans on 'Trollhunters' — and they have proven to be such brilliant writers — that the fit for this material was just perfect: they grew up with the books, they love the genre and they are smart and emotional when writing characters."
The Books Were Deemed Too Scary For Children
I sure hope that as a kid, none of the three Scary Stories books were among your bedtime reads. Written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, they were published in 1981, 1984 and 1991 but often banned from school libraries because they were considered too scary for children — not very surprising, given the illustrations. Still, they sold 7 million copies worldwide.
Del Toro To Direct The Adaptation?
Be that as it may, we're all big boys and girls now so we're getting excited. Hopefully del Toro will also direct the project, since he hasn't been excluded from being behind the camera.
Have you read 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark'? Would you watch the movie?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter