The writers of the Saw films, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, have adapted some short stories from one of my most beloved childhood books, Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, into a screenplay. And CBS Films scooped up the pitch in what was evidently a competitive bidding.
According to Deadline, this film adaptation will be “about a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life.”
For those who don’t know, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a collection of various short stories, songs, and folktales often read by parents to their kids and kids to their friends around a campfire or in a close circle around a solitary flashlight. Yes, some stories are spookier than others. But what really makes this book iconic is the original complementary art drawn by the morbidly talented Stephen Gammell. Unless Gammell or someone of his creeptastic artistic caliber is involved with the production design, I’m already a bit skeptical. Yes, I’m excited about what could be brought to life through film yet wary of how shitty it could be.