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While I didn’t grow up in a super strict household, I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only one that wasn’t allowed to watch R-rated horror films until I reached high school age. Until then, as a horror-loving kid, I had to make due with things like Are You Afraid of the Dark?, PG rated horror like Poltergeist, and R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books.
In addition to the above, another horror touchstone of my childhood was the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Drawing heavily from both folklore and urban legends, the Scary Stories books were exactly the kind of chilling treat that my younger self loved.
Considering that the Scary Stories series has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, I’m definitely not the only one in love with them. It was announced in early 2016 that Guillermo Del Toro was looking to direct a film adaptation of the books, but like many projects Del Toro embarks on, things have been quiet since.
Thankfully, Deadline now reports that the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie is back on, albeit without Del Toro at the helm. Instead, he’ll produce the project, for CBS Films. Taking over the directing gig is Norwegian filmmaker Andre Ovredal, who burst onto the scene with Trollhunter, and last year directed indie darling The Autopsy of Jane Doe.
The Lego Movie writers Kevin and Dan Hageman penned the most recent draft of the Scary Stories script, but it’s unclear if the film will be rewritten further. Production on the film will likely begin in summer 2018.
While it’s a bit sad that Del Toro won’t direct Scary Stories – getting the film made was a passion project for the acclaimed filmmaker – at least now it looks like we might actually get to see it sometime soon.