Guillermo del Toro & ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’
I can’t tell you how excited this makes me! Guillermo del Toro is now working on a film adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Growing up in the 90s, we thankfully had no shortage of spooky tales, such as the Goosebumps series, but these books were the real deal. The original illustrations were terrifying! Mom and dad knew about Goosebumps, but Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was kept secret. I would check the books out of our school library, stuff them in my backpack and guard them as if they were porn.
The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book trilogy was written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. I was lucky that our school even had the books. These books are the most banned books in schools, thanks to the American Library Association. Reprinted versions of the books were released in 2011, replacing the original illustrations from Stephen Gammell.
I start development on a film based on a favorite book of youth: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! pic.twitter.com/yu31FkCz4K
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 14, 2016
Guillermo del Toro is a fan of the books himself. He also owns 10 of Gammell’s original illustrations. Not much info has been released yet, so no word on which story or stories del Toro will incorporate into the film. I’m pretty sure the original illustrations will serve as the initial art direction for the film, which del Toro agrees, is “scary as fuck”.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Schwatrz & Gammell. Allegedly a Y.A. book retelling of campfire tales. Gammell’s art is scary as fuck.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) November 28, 2015