Guillermo del Toro to direct Scary Stories trilogy

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is del Toro’s latest project

Guillermo del Toro always seems to have a number of projects in the pipeline – if only they all got made. Now, he has been linked with another film (or series of film) adaptations: namely Alvin Schwartz’s book trilogy, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.

Del Toro himself confirmed the news himself via Twitter, saying: “I start development on a film based on a favorite book of youth: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!” In the post he was pointing to a framed piece of artwork from the books – the signature sinister artwork was all drawn by artist Stephen Gammell, an example of which you can see in the above picture – and those of you who’ve seen the likes of Pan’s Labyrinth, Cronos or Crimson Peak will be relishing the chance to see what del Toro does with it.

The books draw heavily from folk tales and urban legends, and are listed as the most challenged books by the American Library Association from 1990-1999 due to the high level of violence involved, as well as the utterly terrifying artwork. If any a book series was every tailor-made for Del Toro, it’s this one.

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