Guillermo Del Toro May Direct SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
What a great match of filmmaker and source material. Deadline reports that director Guillermo del Toro is "developing to potentially direct" the movie adaptation of the classic Alvin Schwartz book series Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, a project that's been in the works at CBS Films for quite some time. John August (Big Fish, Go) wrote the screenplay, but there's no clear timetable for when this project will actually go into production since del Toro has so many options on his plate at the moment.
Stephen Gammell's illustrations from these books probably still occasionally haunt the dreams of people who read them when they were kids, and del Toro is such a big fan of the books that he reportedly owns ten of Gammell's original illustrations. It certainly seems like this project is in the right hands now. Del Toro will definitely be producing the film, but whether or not he directs seems to depend a lot on timing. I missed Mama, but the last horror project I saw that del Toro produced but didn't direct was Don't Be Afraid of The Dark; that movie was a massive disappointment, so let's hope it works out so he's able to actually direct this time.
You can listen to audiobooks of all three of the Scary Stories series right here.