We’ve been hearing about Guillermo del Toro wanting to adapt ‘Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark’ for quite some time and now, thanks to Entertainment One (eOne) and CBS Films, it’s going to happen! The two studios are set to finance the film which will be directed by André Øvredal (‘Troll Hunter’,’The Autopsy of Jane Doe’) and will be based on the book series penned by Alvin Schwartz. I honestly have to say, the two films mentioned above which Øvredal is known for are both terrifyingly fun movies, though not what I would have in mind for younger viewers in the slightest. The script for the film was written by del Toro along with Daniel and Kevin Hageman.
There will be a lot of behind-the-scenes help that will ideally not hinder production and push it forward as Sean Daniel, Elizabeth Grave, Jason F. Brown, and J. Miles Dale are also on board as producers. With all of this set in stone, we’ll likely be hearing casting news shortly.
According to eOne’s President, Film, Television, and Digital Steve Bertram:
“(The film), led by the incomparable Guillermo del Toro, is such a chillingly fun ride that it’s sure to leave audiences around the world jumping in their seats. We’re thrilled to be joining Terry Press and her team at CBS Films, Guillermo, André Øvredal, and the talented group they’ve assembled, and look forward to launching in Cannes through our partners at Sierra/Affinity.”
This summer we should see principal photography kick off, likely in Toronto, Ontario. When the movie is released, it will be CBS Films distributing it through their Lionsgate arm in the US with eOne taking on Canada, UK, Australia/New Zealand, Germany, Benelux, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland. The rest of distribution is still up for grabs so we might see an additional producer partner still coming on board before production begins.
Are you looking forward to ‘Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark’ being adapted under Guillermo del Toro’s guiding hand? Do you wish that the producer was also set to direct the film? Share your thoughts below!