Guillermo del Toro tweeted out yesterday that filming begins in Toronto this week for the movie adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. André Øvredal (Trollhunter) is set to helm the director’s chair, with a screenplay crafted by a team of writers that includes del Toro himself, along with Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Saw franchise), Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie), and John August (Big Fish).
Alvin Schwartz’s best-selling collection of creepy short stories have been terrifying campfire audiences since the ‘80s and ‘90s, and has often been the center of discussion for a modern-day big screen conversion. Guillermo del Toro has been pushing forward with this project since 2016, and was at one point set to direct it. He remains a key component as both a producer and co-writer.
Rumored to be set in the ‘60s or ‘70s, the plot is centered on “a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.” According to a report published by GWW earlier this month, the production crew is casting two leading roles for Stella, who is being chased by a group of bullies, and Ramon Morales, who is heading towards Canada to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
While it is still unclear as to whether or not Scary Stories will follow a similar approach as the Goosebumps movie, utilizing elements from multiple stories and intertwining them into one; the imagery and illustrations that have become synonymous with our nightmares will undoubtedly make this a more frightening and less cartoonish thrill ride.
Filming is set to start this week, and wrap sometime in late October, with a release date aiming for fall of 2019. For more information on ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’, check out our article on securing funds for the film, and stay up to date on future news and dates.