Del Toro bringing childhood nightmares to life with new Scary Stories film

Guillermo del Toro, director of the Hellboy films and the would-be Hideo Kojima collaborator on the cancelled Silent Hills game, has revealed his next project: a film adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The book series, which debuted in 1981, tells more than 80 short horror stories in total, with the first book alone collecting 29 tales of dread.

It's not clear if the movie will be an anthology with multiple shorts or one long-form tale that mixes in multiple narratives. Considering the project is set to be written by the John August, who wrote the screenplay for Big Fish and The Nines, both of which used multiple perspectives and short stories to tell an overarching plot, I'm leaning toward the latter.

It's also unclear what role del Toro will take on the film. His tweet merely states that he will "start development" on Scary Stories, not that he will direct. Personally, I hope he'll take the reigns - his unique visual style would match well with the haunting Stephen Gammell illustrations from the books.

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Hi! My name's Sam Prell. I'm a games journalist with a soft spot for MOBAs, MMOs, and puppies. I also unironically like Todd McFarlane's Spawn. May the '90s never die!


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