The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark project has been in development since 2013, attaching Guillermo del Toro to the project in 2016. It's now reported that Entertainment One and CBS Films will co-finance the film to help complete production.Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a book series written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell between 1981 and 1991 and has freaked out kids ever since. The nostalgic series has me looking forward to the movie's release which Entertainment One's president Steve Bertram promises to be a "chilling fun ride."
The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series took inspiration from folklore and urban legends, pushing the boundaries for children's books at the time with its heavy material for young readers. The author took at least a year to produce each book, heavily researching each subject before beginning writing.
Stephen Gammell's illustrations have been known for being too surreal and nightmarish, which led to some new illustrations by an outside artist for an anniversary collection. However, the new illustrations were seen as offensive to fans of the original series because they didn't follow the original themes of the stories that they had grown to love.
It'll be interesting to see what Guillermo del Toro's take is on the stories and how he'll portray them in the upcoming film, but I'm hoping that it'll be something that both generations that grew up with the books and newer generations can enjoy together.
A release date for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has not been announced yet, but we'll keep you posted as news surfaces.