Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Guillermo del Toro to Direct?

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Release Date: TBA


“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, around a campfire, at sleepovers, or real online. Alvin Schwartz put together a collection of spooky tales for kids based on ghost stories and urban legends.


Well, the time has finally come. The film adaptation to “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” finally gets development. The idea for the feature adaptation to the book trilogy occurred in 2013. Immediately after CBS Films picked up the rights. Since then, we have had yet to hear about the progress on the production. Looks like now, we finally have some kind of progress, and exciting news. Allegedly, director Guillermo del Toro is on board to direct “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”.

It would be  shocking to hear many unfamiliar with the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” book series.  “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a three part collection of eerie, haunting stories. The series published in 1981 became an favorite among young readers. The books are written by Alvin Schwartz, and illustrated by award-winning artist, Stephen Gammell. The  titles of the books are:

  • “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (1981)
  • “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (1984)
  • “More Tales to Chill Your Bones” (1991)

Parents deemed the stories and illustrations to be too scary for kids and tried to have the books banned. The original trilogy recently got an adaptation with new illustrator, Brett Helquist. Can you imagine my horror?  I purchased a copy of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”. I found illustrations from the original had changed in the updated prints.  What’s even more shocking is that the original copies aren’t even selling anymore. Only the adaptations. I can only hope that the feature adaptation will stay true to the original stories.

It was exciting  to hear news spread of a film adaptation to “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”is in development. Rumored to be producing the film are; Sean Daniel, Jason Brown (Sean Daniel Company), and Elizabeth Grave (1212 Entertainment). Roberto Grande and Joshua Long are the executive producers. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno (CBS Films) will oversee the production.

CBS Films still has not announced any information on the start date of production or a release date.

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