We have our first official look at the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie. Guillermo del Toro has been working to bring the beloved horror book series to the big screen for quite some time and, even though he's only producing, that dream will finally be realized in 2019. Now, we have our first look at the movie adaptation in the form of a behind-the-scenes image that was taken during production.
On its own, the image isn't all that revealing. We see a group gathered outside of a house that looks old and questionable, which we suspect is the film crew as equipment is visible in the shot. The fact that it's pitch black outside and a big foggy doesn't help matters. While specific plot details, in terms of what short stories from the books may be explored, haven't been revealed, we know that Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will center on a group of young teens who are investigating a wave of horrific deaths that have started to plague their town. Nothing bad ever happened to anyone who was investigating a strange murder and found themselves in a scary looking house at night, right?
The movie is based on the works of author Alvin Schwartz who wrote a trilogy of books published between 1981 and 1991. The trilogy consists of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. All three books combined contain more than 25 horror stories, many of which are based on real-life folklore and urban legends that were exhaustively researched by Schwartz. The trio of books has sold more than seven million copies worldwide since their initial publication. The popularity of the books coupled with the current hunger on the part of moviegoers for quality studio horror flicks positions this as a big potential hit.
The cast includes Zoe Colletti (Wildlife), Austin Abrams (Tragedy Girls), Gabriel Rush (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Michael Garza (Wayward Pines), Austin Zajur (Kidding), Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is The New Black), Natalie Ganzhorn (The Night Before Halloween) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad). Andre Ovredal, whose previous credits include Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, is in the director's chair. Daniel Hageman and Kevin Hageman of The LEGO Movie fame penned the script with Guillermo del Toro.
Even though Guillermo del Toro isn't directing, having him involved following his Best Picture Oscar win for The Shape of Water bodes well for the project. With any luck we'll be getting a teaser trailer for the movie sooner rather than later. Lionsgate is set to release Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark on August 9, 2019. On that date, it will be competing directly with Disney's adaptation of Artemis Fowl, another beloved children's book, which comes from director Kenneth Branagh. Be sure to check out the first image from Fandango below.