Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will officially hit theaters on August 9th, 2019. Guillermo del Toro is on board as producer and co-writer and ready to bring some of the creepiest urban legends to the big screen. Norwegian filmmaker Andre Ovredal is taking on the directorial duties, which started filming in August and wrapped in late October, In addition to the release date, the studio has also shared the official logo for the upcoming movie and a picture from the set.
August 2019 just got scary.— Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (@ScaryStoriesMov) December 14, 2018
From acclaimed director André Øvredal and Academy Award-winner Guillermo del Toro, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is in theaters this summer. pic.twitter.com/GqY1eZ1HTl
The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark logo is keeping Stephen Gammell's design alive. It's just a little tease, but it's staying in the realm of the source material, which fans should find to be pretty cool. As for the picture from the set, it features Guillermo del Toro star Zoe Margaret Colletti and director Andre Ovredal. We're still hoping to get some official confirmation about the specific story details from the big screen adaptation, as the studio and crew are keeping their lips sealed.
The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie will center on a group of teens who are forced to solve the mystery of some recent brutal murders in their town. It has also been rumored that the human scarecrow from the Harold story and the girl who has spiders crawl out of her face in The Red Spot story will be involved in the movie, but that has yet to be officially confirmed at this time. Both of the aforementioned characters appeared in 1991's Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones.
Guillermo del Toro has wanted to make the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie for quite a while now. In 2013, CBS Films acquired the rights to the Alvin Schwartz's children's book series with the intention of making a big screen adaptation. However, it wasn't until 2016 that it was announced that del Toro was attached to direct. It was later revealed that del Toro was stepping down from directing and taking on the producer/co-writer role for the adaptation while Andre Ovredal stepped up to helm the horror project.
In addition to the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie, there is also a documentary about the iconic book series coming next year. Cody Meirick partially crowdfunded and directed the doc, and it features interviews with Alvin Schwartz's family members, folklorists, and R.L. Stine, who created the Goosebumps franchise. There is no release date set for the documentary, but it looks like 2019 is going to be an awesome year for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fans. While we wait for more info on both projects, you can check out the official logo for the movie and the set photo below, thanks to Lionsgate.
As an 80s kid, I grew up devouring every page of SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. Cannot wait to see @RealGDT introduce these stories to my tween daughter, who is already a huge horror fan. I'm ready for you August! DALE Guille! #ScaryStoriespic.twitter.com/RKKMmbEY3r— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) December 14, 2018