Guillermo del Toro, the mastermind behind some of Hollywood’s coolest films (Pacific Rim and Hellboy), has just announced via his Twitter account, @RealGDT, that he has begun development on a film based on the highly controversial children’s folktale book 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
Guillermo del Toro has worked on so many great horror films, mostly made in the Spanish language, such as: The Orphanage, The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos, Mimic, and Mama, so if anyone should helm the film production of this very twisted (and honestly bone-chilling) book, then Del Toro is by far as perfect of a choice as perfect choices come.
No studio has been attached to this film, being as it is just an announcement at the moment, and, given Guillermo del Toro’s long history of dropping ideas, no one really knows if this idea will last with or without him.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and it sequels are far in a way my favorite series of books. They kick started my love and fascination for the horror genre, and I regularly grab my copies and reread them. The book series does feature some nightmare inducing images and hauntingly persistent feelings of horror (hence it’s controversy as a children’s book), so new readers beware.
Although, the third installment, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones, does lack in quality in comparison to its two predecessors.
The book series is not your usual fictional horror book. Rather than tell one story, the books contain many small folktales, so we’re rather unsure of how this movie will play out. Will he focus on and expand on one specific story? Will he structure this movie in the style of Trick ‘r’ Treat?
No matter the case, please, for the love of all things on this floating rock, include High Beams. That story pops into my mind every single time I drive alone at night (and it is NOT a good thought to have).
Also, a musical recreation of the horror lullabies in the book would be fantastic.
What do you think about this new Del Toro endeavor? Is it a match made in heaven?
I’ll make sure to keep you all posted on this being as this is not only a movie adaptation of my favorite book, but it is being helmed by my all time favorite director.