A new trailer has arrived for ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’, courtesy of CBS Films, Lionsgate and eOne. André Øvredal directed the film, based on the omnibus book by Alvin Schwartz. Guillermo del Toro serves as producer. The script was penned by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman based on a story by del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan.
[‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’] is set in 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley, where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.
The source book, ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’, is a collection of short stories, so for the movie, the writers were encouraged to pull from various tales to create the film’s narrative.
As del Toro stated:
“We did an American Idol with the stories in the writers’ room. We were saying, ‘Which are your favorite?’ We distilled it to the five or six that we like the most. Some of them are told in their entirety, some others are referenced. Those that know the books will see more than people that haven’t read the book.… But we basically distilled it to the ones that everybody seems to remember the most. The books obviously have many many more stories, so this could go on and on. But we said, ‘Let’s do greatest hits.’”
‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ opens in theaters on August 9.