Some huge news that hits many of us right in the childhood nostalgia feels is coming out of Hollywood as it’s being reported that Guillermo del Toro will be producing and potentially directing a film adaptation of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark“, the controversial ghost story book from Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell! The project comes from CBS Films and will also be produced by Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave.
Del Toro also said something very interesting via Twitter regarding the visual style of the film: “To answer some questions on Scary Stories- of course we WILL have Stephen Gammell’s imagery be preeminent on the film! Yeah!!”
The three-book children’s series has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, beginning with 1981′s “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark,” continuing with “More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” (1984) and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones” (1991).
While the stories weren’t that spooky, the original artwork by Gammell was absolutely terrifying, creating nightmare fuel for generations. In fact, the art drew such controversy that some places banned the book because it was deemed too scary for the youthful.
I have my copy of the trilogy on my shelf and I’m looking at it while I type this. It’s a staple of my library and I’ll make sure that when I have kids that they’ll be introduced to that book. It’s going to become tradition, whether they like it or not!