Children of the '90s prepare yourselves, because your childhood nightmares are (more officially) on their way to the big screen. The book series that spooked many a childhood sleepover, Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, is a step closer to coming to life. Guillermo del Toro's pet project has been discussed over the past few years, but now CBS Films has partnered with Entertainment One to co-finance the film.
André Øvredal has signed on to direct a script by The LEGO Movie writers Daniel and Kevin Hageman. The synopsis describes the film as a thriller focused on a group of teens who try to solve a mystery in their small town involving several sudden and macabre deaths. It's unclear as of yet how the film will incorporate the many short stories featured in the three books in Schwartz's series. More importantly, of course, is that the film incorporates illustrator Stephen Gammell's terrifying original artwork (of which del Toro owns 10 original prints).
Del Toro, who originally wanted to direct the film, continues to serve as a producer, alongside Sean Daniel, Elizabeth Grave, Jason F. Brown and J. Miles Dale. Production is set to begin this summer, and now that financial backing is set we can expect to hear casting news soon.
Published in 1984, Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark trilogy of books has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, and are among the most banned titles in libraries due to their frightening content.