A film adaptation of the teen horror books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has been in the works for a while, and it just scared up on heck of a good director.
Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, Hellboy) is reportedly attached to direct the film, which will be an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s scary trilogy. John August (Big Fish, Dark Shadows) reportedly wrote the script, though the details surrounding the story have not been announced. The book series itself includes several different stories, many taken from folklore, and typically told with a revenge spin. For a film version, there are a ton of options — all of which would surely make for one very creepy film.
With films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak and Hellboy on his resume, del Toro seems like a perfect fit to take this one on. Plus, he’s a fan of the book series, and is reportedly the owner of Stephen Gammell's original (and weird) illustrations for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
The book series was written for kids, and considering how scary it is, it became one of the most challenged books in modern publishing. The series is one of the most challenged series of books from 1990–1999, and seventh most challenged from 2000–2009, according to the American Library Association.
(Via The Wrap)