Deadline reports that John August will write a new screenplay for CBS films, after the studio bought a pitch from horror veterans Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (The Collector, Saw IV-VII) last year.
Per Deadline; “The three-book children’s series that’s sold more than 7 million copies worldwide began with 1981′s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, continuing with More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984) and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991). The collection of folk tales and urban legends also memorably haunted generations of youngsters with its surreal and nightmarish illustrations by award-winning artist Stephen Gammell.”
August has regularly collaborated with Tim Burton, writing the screenplays for Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. He also wrote the 1999 cult classic Go, and the excellent Ryan Reynolds mind-bender The Nines. He’s said to be writing an entirely new treatment that goes back to the source material, and a director is expected to be announced soon.
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