If this deal pans out, we can look forward a stylishly chilling adaptation of one of the creepiest, most controversial and totally nightmare-inducing book series ever targeted at young readers: Alvin Schwartz’s legendary trilogy of folklore-based short fiction collections SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK.
According to a breaking story by Mike Fleming Jr. for Deadline, the director of CRIMSON PEAK, PAN’S LABYRINTH, HELLBOY and PACIFIC RIM is preparing to enter a development deal to adapt the best-selling chillers for the big screen, for which he will potentially serve as both producer and director, with screenwriter John August (Tim Burton’s CORPSE BRIDE) adapting Schwartz’s stories.
Del Toro is a long-time fan of Schwartz’s trilogy, and even owns ten originals of the series’ notoriously horrifying illustrations by artist Stephen Gammell.
The timeline for development is currently unknown, as the always-busy filmmaker is currently working on a remake of FANTASTIC VOYAGE and the sequel to PACIFIC RIM, as well as “a personal project he’s kept close to the vest,” according to the Deadline report.
Stay tuned for updates as the story develops… this could be a big one, kids!