Horror fans who grew up on the creepy tales and horrifying artwork of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books have been eager for any news about the upcoming film adaption of these beloved tales. Guillermo Del Toro was originally set to direct it, but he stepped back as a producer/screenwriter and handed the reins to André Øvredal, the Norwegian filmmaker behind Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe.
Someone asked Del Toro on Twitter about the status of the film and we got an exciting response!
The movie has a release date for August 9, 2019. The only information we have on the plot is a brief synopsis released from the studio:
“The thriller follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.
Over at Geek Tyrant, we get a bit more of the story:
The film follows a character named Stella (Colletti) who is "a young girl still haunted by her mother’s disappearance on Halloween night — an incident that she suspects her father knows more about than he lets on. Years later, Stella and her friends are involved in a Halloween prank gone wrong. But are they really at fault, or was it the work of a vengeful spirit — a female ghost who uses her scary stories to come after the teens when they begin to investigate the disappearance of several children?"
I loved the books and I hope that the movie captures the spirit of those eerie tales.