Writers of the “Saw” franchise, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, are penning yet another horrific masterpiece. This time it’s based on a classic children’s book. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being adapted for the big screen, breathing new life into our generation’s childhood traumas.
Stories like Old Woman All Skin and Bone, The Girl Who Stood on a Grave, The Big Toe, The Hook and The Dead Man's Hand, have all haunted the dreams of children since the early 80’s. Author Alvin Schwartz wrote Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark back in 1981, which has sold over 7 million copies. Sequels soon followed, More scary Stories to Tell in the Dark came out in 1984 and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones in 1991.
The details of which stories will be used and who will direct the film has yet to be released. All that is known is several of the stories will be incorporated into the film, which will revolve around a group of kids that must save their town from the stuff nightmares are made of. If the book’s original illustrations, done by Stephen Grammell, have any influence on the look and feel of the film, this is sure to be a terrifyingly successful adaptation.
CBS Films has acquired the rights to the popular, folklore-based horror anthology. On board to produce the film is Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment as well as the producers of "The Mummy", Sean Daniels and Jason Brown.