We can all remember where we were when it first happened. Some were at home, lying comfortably in their beds. I happened to be in my Grandma’s basement, sitting on a bean-bag chair and listening to NKOTB (I may have been young, but I definitely had The Right Stuff) when I first read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It was my first introduction into both urban legends and the horror genre. Guillermo del Toro was originally nabbed to direct a feature version of the horror trilogy, but that has since fallen through. A darkness fell over the land, but an incredible replacement director has just been revealed in an article by Deadline. Andre Ovredal, the man who brought us one of the best horror films of the past few years in The Autopsy of Jane Doe, has just signed on to replace GDT as the director of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
The trilogy, written by Alvin Schwartz and published in 1984, has been the main source of nightmare fuel for young children for over 30 years now. The stories are straight-forward and treated with a seriousness as if they were being reported, rather than told. What really drove the kiddies mad, however, had nothing to do with the words written on the page. It was the artwork by Stephen Gammell that created the visuals for each story and made the scares stick in the imaginations of anyone who read them. Guillermo del Toro is such a fan of the artist that he owns ten of the original drawings made for the trilogy. As you can tell, the series meant a lot to GDT and he will remain on the project as a producer. The film could not have been handed over to a more competent and deserving director in Ovredal. The Autopsy of Jane Doe was, easily, one of my favorite films of 2016 and featured haunting visuals and sound design (I hate all bells now) that I know will translate perfectly over to this film.
The film is currently scheduled to begin production next summer. According to Deadline:
The thriller follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town. Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie) wrote the most recent draft based on the books.
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