Alvin Schwartz's indispensable Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series is, belatedly but brilliantly, about to get the Hollywood treatment. That's enough to send children of the '80s and '90s into paroxysms of joyful terror, but here's the thing: Guillermo del Toro is producing and maybe even directing it. And if there's anything as terrifying as that story about the spiders hatching from eggs secretly planted IN A GIRL'S FACE, it's basically every image del Toro gave us in Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak.
Speaking of imagery, the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy took a major hit a few years ago when they were republished without Stephen Gammell's nightmare-donating art, instead replaced with more sanitized illustrations by Brett Helquist. But, GdT to the rescue, the movies won't follow suit:
"Scary as fuck"—that's about the size of it. Hopefully the movies will be the same. The current screenplay, which del Toro may rework, comes from John August, whose credits include Corpse Bride, Big Fish and the remakes of Dark Shadows and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, plus the Charlie's Angels movies.
The first Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book was published in 1981; the last (subtitled More Tales to Chill Your Bones) came out in 1991. The series has sold upwards of 7 million copies.