One of the most exciting bits of news from last year was that CBS is working on a feature film adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a series of children’s books from the 80s and 90s that many of us horror fans have strong nostalgic connections to. Three books comprise the series, with Stephen Gammell’s illustrations being particularly memorable.
It’s now been nearly a year since we’ve heard anything about the project, which was originally going to be written by the duo of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan – who together wrote many of the Saw sequels as well as The Collector. Today we’ve learned that they’re off the project, and a new writer has been brought on board.
Deadline reports that Big Fish/Frankenweenie scribe John August will now be penning the screenplay, CBS tapping him to adapt the iconic book series by Alvin Schwartz that had children of the ’80s and ’90s hearing bumps in the night. According to the website, August’s screenplay will be much more faithful to the source material than the original iteration of the project.
The three-book children’s series that’s sold more than 7 million copies worldwide began with 1981′s Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark, continuing with More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984) and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991).
It’s only a matter of time before a director is announced, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on all the latest developments.