Guillermo Del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has gotten an official Summer 2019 release date.
The children’s horror short story collection by Alvin Schwartz, which was published from 1981 to 1991, was known for its urban legends and folklore as well as for artist Stephen Gammell’s spine-chilling illustrations. CBS Films acquired the rights back in 2013, but the adaptation spent three years stuck in developmental hell until Del Toro, a fan of the property himself, got involved.
The movie is directed by Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal (Trollhunter) and started production in August, with Del Toro contributing as its producer and co-writer.
The film follows a group of young teenagers as they try to solve a mystery involving a series of “sudden and macabre deaths” in their town. Zoe Margaret Colletti (Wildlife) has been cast as the movie's protagonist along with Michael Garza (Wayward Pines), Austin Abrams ( The Americans), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom), Austin Zajur ( Fist Fight), Natalie Ganzhorn (Make it Pop), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption), Lorraine Toussaint (Law & Order) and Javier Botet (Crimson Peak).
CBS and Lionsgate have officially scheduled the film to hit U.S. theaters on August 29, 2019.