CBS Taps Guillermo del Toro to Develop Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Movie

In 1981, the children’s book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was published. Written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, this book was followed by two more in 1984 and 1991. They consisted of truly frightening ghost stories and urban legends retold by Schwartz.

CBS is looking to turn these books into a film and now they’ve tapped one of our favorite, gothic directors to develop (and possibly direct) the film: Guillermo del Toro!


If anyone would be a good fit for this project, it’s del Toro. He’s not as universally beloved as I make him out to be in my head (when it comes to me, he can do no wrong), but he certainly has the visual style and love of the subject to pull this off.

Most of his projects have a horror, paranormal, or gothic element in some form or another – Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Crimson Peak are all wonderfully delectable visual and chilling films.

Of course, this only makes del Toro busier and busier, making me wonder just what all we’re going to be seeing from him in the next handful of years.

Now he has this project; Trollhunters; Pacific Rim 2, which he’s determined to do; and his Haunted Mansion film which I will never, ever give up on.

They’re all great projects, so I’m excited for each one. In regards to Scary Stories in particular, he tweeted this earlier today:


If you know Gammell’s imagery, you’ll know why shivers are running down my spine right now.

Are you looking forward to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and for del Toro to be involved? Let us know below!

Source: ScreenRant



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