Guillermo del Toro Signs On For ‘Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark’

By January 14, 2016
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Guillermo del Toro has been branded as one of the most visionary filmmakers of his time throughout his illustrious career. Following the release of the gothic horror love letter that was Crimson Peak late last year as well, del Toro’s slate has been somewhat empty for the past few months, after being linked to several differing, uncertain projects. While we wait to find out for sure what the official fate of Pacific Rim 2 is as well, it looks like del Toro may have finally found his next project.

Despite reports that pinned him to the James Cameron-produced remake of Fantastic Voyage last week, del Toro finally revealed on social media what his next project will be, and prepare yourselves everyone, it looks like he’s about to jump back into that childlike horror genre he feels so strongly for.

The writer and director announced on his Twitter account today that he is set to begin work on a film adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which are a trilogy of scary children stories written by writer Alvin Schwartz and illustrator Stephen Gammell. Check out the tweet below:

Not much has been heard about this project since screenwriter John August signed on to pen the film’s screenplay back in November of 2014. TheWrap is reporting that the script is still August’s though, with del Toro coming on as director only, and it is still possible he could direct the previously mentioned Fantastic Voyage remake as well. The genre is clearly something that del Toro has played with before though, and the project practically screams his name at this point.

Personally, I’m not very familiar with the property, but following the somewhat disappointing Crimson Peak, I am excited to see what del Toro is planning on doing next. The idea of him directing from someone else’s script again is an intriguing idea, and while we still wait to hear what the hell is going on with Pacific Rim 2 for sure - Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark sounds like something that del Toro could have a lot of fun with in the meantime.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable