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Guillermo del Toro is in it for the scare.
The Pacific Rim director will develop an adaptation of the book trilogy Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for CBS Films. The Alvin Schwartz books, the first of which came out in 1984, were often banned from school libraries because they were considered too scary for children.
The filmmaker tweeted about the project from his personal Twitter account.
Del Toro will produce the film alongside Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave, and may potentially direct the project, which has been adapted for the screen by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scribe John August.
“Scary” is del Toro’s forte. His last film, Crimson Peak, was a gothic horror that played with the tropes of the haunted house genre. He is currently developing a remake of Fantastic Voyage at Fox, which he hopes to direct. He also is mulling and working on several other projects, including a sequel to his 2013 film Pacific Rim.
Del Toro is repped by WME and Exile.
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
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