After many years in development hell the movie adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is finally moving forward. The movie was confirmed last April, but we haven’t heard anything from it yet. Guillermo del Toro was originally slated to direct, but shifting schedules meant he could only stay on as a producer. Instead the directing job went to André Øvredal, who directed the underrated independent horror movie The Autopsy of Jane Doe in 2016 and the awesome Trollhunter in 2010. The current version of the script was written by Daniel and Kevin Haggman of The LEGO Movie.
Del Toro responded to a fan question asking for any updates and he revealed that filming begins much sooner than anyone thought it would.
We start shooting in a few days- in Toronto! https://t.co/u8pCMfjAD1
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) August 21, 2018
At the moment there isn’t a release cast, but if filming really does begin soon we can expect that to come out soon.
The three volume set of books, written by written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, came out in 1981, 1984, and 1991. The series is often seen at too gruesome for kids and was labeled the most challenged book in 1990-1990 by the American Library Association and the seventh most challenged book from 2000-2009. The books are fondly remembered by kids of a certain generation and often fall on the list of books kids would seek out when they found out it was banned.
The film has been in development at CBS Films since 2013, and the movie is currently eyeing a 2019 release date.