Guillermo del Toro Developing 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Film

It looks like Guillermo del Toro has chosen his next project, and it might not be the Fantastic Voyage (or maybe it will be both). The filmmaker has announced via Twitter and press release that he is adapting the book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The screenplay for the feature film was written by John August. The press release states that "in addition to potentially directing, del Toro will also produce the film alongside Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave." No other plot details have been revealed yet, but they do drop this freaky tease about a triptych: "so as to not remind people how badly 'The Red Spot', 'Harold' and 'The Wendigo' traumatized them as children." Ohhh goodness, yep, those freaky ass stories.

Here's the tweet from Guillermo del Toro showing some of his art for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark:

I start development on a film based on a favorite book of youth: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! pic.twitter.com/yu31FkCz4K

— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 14, 2016

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books are written by Alvin Schwartz and were published, originally, in 1981, with the sequels arriving in 1984 and 1991. From the press release: "Alvin Schwartz’s trilogy of short story collections have sold more than seven million copies worldwide, resulting in at least as many nightmares. From the moment the first book was published in 1984, the Scary Stories series was one of the most banned from placement by the American Library Association, as the collections were considered to be too scary for children. The ensuing controversy only helped to fuel sales, and the trilogy has remained a cultural phenomenon ever since." These stories might be perfect for animation, but they could also be scary if done well live-action. I'm curious to see how this turns out, though I'm already nervous of being scared.