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Press Event for ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ Unleashes New Trailer and Some Disturbing Footage

With the buzz about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark growing daily, a special press event was held today at the Roxy Cinema in New York that featured the latest trailer, two short clips from the film, and a Q&A session with writer/producer Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) and director André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Troll Hunter).

Before the scenes or trailers were shown, Mr. del Toro addressed the attendees. He talked about discovering the books when he was younger and how he first fell in love with the incredible illustrations of Stephen Gammell before being won over by the stories. He made it clear that when he was first approached about being involved with Scary Stories, he did not want this to be an anthology film; “anthology films, while great, are only as good as their best story and as bad as their worst”, said del Toro, while director Øvredal agreed and said that working on this film, “was a dream come true”. They also both discussed the importance to them of making a PG-13 movie, “something to scare the whole family”. read more

André Øvredal to Direct Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’

André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) has been tapped to direct the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 1979 novel ‘The Long Walk’. According to Deadline, Øvredal will direct the film for New Line, which already has It: Chapter Two and Salem’s Lot in the works. The screenplay for The Long Walk has been written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, White House Down) who will also produce along with oft-partners Bradley Fischer and William Sherak.

The novel ‘The Long Walk’ was first published under the pen-name Richard Bachman in 1979 which King also used for the novels ‘Rage’, ‘Roadwork’, ‘The Running Man’ and ‘Thinner’. The synopsis of the story (from Amazon) is as follows: read more

CBS Films Releases a Scary Trailer to Watch on YouTube for ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

The one thing everybody remembers is that-despite being aimed at children- Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark novels never pulled any punches when it came to graphic descriptions of horror. And even worse, Stephen Gammell’s gnarly illustrations are forever burned into the minds of any horror kids who grew up in the eighties and beyond! The series is finally being adapted into a movie, and today’s new trailer proves that the franchise hasn’t lost any of its edge in the transition from print to screen! read more

IFC Midnight Acquires THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE

IFC Midnight has picked up the U.S. rights to The Autopsy of Jane Doe, directed by Andre Ovredal (Troll Hunter). It is his first English-language film.   Emile Hirsch stars in the film from IM Global. The story centers around a father and son coroner team who are sent  a Jane Doe, who is the victim of a mysterious homicide.  As they try to identify her, they find increasingly bizarre clues to her terrifying secrets.

The film, which also stars Brian Cox and Ophelia Lovibond, was written by Ian B. Goldberg.   Fred Berger, Eric Garcia, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of 42 are producing, while IM Global’s Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson and Steven Squillante are executive producing.   read more