Right from his personal Twitter, producer Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that the creatures in the upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation will in fact look like the books’ legendary and eerie illustrations.
Alvin Schwartz, author of Scary Stories, created a memorable book trilogy together with illustrator Stephen Gammell.
The three-entry book series was published during the 1980’s and early 90’s and has maintained strong readership in the following decades. The upcoming film will follow a group of young teenagers who must investigate the sudden and horrifying deaths in their small town.
Set to be directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter), Scary Stories is co-written by Daniel and Kevin Hageman along with del Toro, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Originally, del Torro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) was set to helm the film, but ultimately decided to serve only as a producer with Sean Daniel, Elizabeth Grave, Jason F. Brown and J. Miles Dale.
CBS Films will distribute the feature in the U.S. through Lionsgate while Entertainment One will distribute the project in Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Benelux, Spain, Austria and Switzerland.
The horror film is expected to release theatrically in 2019 with a specific date yet-to-be-determined.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) August 27, 2018