Shortly after Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water premiered, were learned that the director’s next project would be adapting the celebrated children’s book Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. He would later be replaced by Andre Ovredal but has stayed on as a producer. According to IMDB, the film is scheduled for an initial release November 7th, 2019 in the Netherlands, but we have just learned that filming will begin later this week in Toronto, Canada.

The Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books were written by Alvin Schwartz with illustrations from Stephen Gammell. The books were mandatory reading for an entire generation of campfires and sleepovers with three volumes published from 1981 to 1991. Schwartz drew inspiration for his stories from folklore and urban legends, helping prime every young reader fortunate enough to discover his creepy collections for life of horror fictions and the occasional nightmare.


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Initial reports synopsis the film as follows: “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.”

Genre fans will no doubt recognize Andre Ovredal from his surprise hit Trollhunter (2010) and the recent Autopsy of Jane Doe starring Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, and a corpse (played by Olwen Kelly). Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is also bring in some pretty heavy-hitters to handle the script including Kevin & Dan Hagerman (The Lego Movie), Marcus Dunstan (The Collector, Piranha 3DD), and John August (Frankenweenie, Big Fish)

Are you excited to see Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark adapted for the big screen? How old were you when you first discovered the iconic books? Let us know in the comments below, over on Twitter, or in our Horror Group on Facebook!


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