Guillermo del Toro and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Is a Match Made in Hell

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Guillermo del Toro is starting development on the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie. This is great news! Not just because of how good del Toro is, but because he’s a fan of the source material.

When last we heard about this movie, John August was being hired to write the script. Deadline, which had the exclusive, says that it’s August’s script that is in del Toro’s hands now. Del Toro is signed on to produce the movie and to potentially direct, although any chance of him directing is probably going to depend on his schedule, which is packed full of both confirmed and rumored projects.

Del Toro confirmed his involvement with this tweet:


We still don’t know what the plot of the movie looks like—which means that, in my imagination, it’s “The Wendigo,” a twisted tale that still freaks me right out. But everyone’s going to fight about it, I’m sure. The solution is obviously for del Toro and company to make an ongoing anthology series.

Hope that del Toro is able to take the director’s chair after all, since his live-action realizations of Stephen Gammell’s iconic artwork should prove terrifying in all the best ways.

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Quick reminder because this comes up every time Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark comes up: yes, we all like the Stephen Gammel illustrations way more, and the Brett Helquist illustrations that HarperCollins puts out really detract from the stories and lack the punch of Gammel’s work. But! BUT.

But the Gammel-illustrated books are still available! Scholastic Books has licensed the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series for distribution in the school market (through Scholastic Reading Clubs and Book Fairs). Because they’ve got the license, they print their own versions of the books, typically to reduce the cost to the consumer—the goal of Scholastic Reading Clubs is to get as many books into as many children’s hands as possible, for as low a cost as possible to parents and teachers. And because they have the license to print their own copies, you better believe they print them with the Gammel illustrations.

All that to say that if your kid is picking up and reading Scary Stories in school, it’s still probably scaring the living shit out of them.