If you were a child of the 80's and 90's, chances are you were both scared by and addicted to the nightmarish tales in Alvin Schwartz's book "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark". The book, and sequels, was a collection of short stories, urban legends, and folk tales targeted at young children and included some pretty gruesome illustrations by Stephen Gammell.
CBS Films has recently picked up the rights to the book thanks to a pitch by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writing team behind four of the seven "Saw" films and "Piranha 3D". The screenplay will adapt several of the book's short stories into one story centered around a group of kids who have to band together to save their town "when nightmares come to life".
From the sound of the pitch, it seems like CBS Films wants to keep the original fear-inducing appeal of the books. If kids wanted to be scared, they read "Scary Stories". If they wanted to be scared slightly and also get a laugh in, they read "Goosebumps". I'm glad it sounds like they're keeping the "Scary" in "Scary Stories".
I will update with more details as they are available.
What do you think of this news? Were you a "Scary Stories" fan as a kid? I know I was! It was my favorite book to check out from my elementary school's library. Now that I'm older, I can't believe they carried it. It would never happen in today's schools.
If you have not read the books, I would highly recommend seeking out earlier copies. It appears that in recent print editions, Scholastic changed the creepy artwork.