Guillermo del Toro has been a fan of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books since he was in his early teens, when he stumbled across them in a bookstore and was struck by the perfect title and creepy artwork. “It really was like having a campfire between those two covers,” he explained at a press event for the film in Hollywood yesterday. During a tough time in his life, del Toro even purchased Stephen Gammell’s original artwork that appeared in the books despite being “really, really broke” at the time. That decision “led to a lot of financial trouble, and marital problems,” he joked, because “you cannot justify a buy like that.” But it sounds like he needed to posses those pieces, and his passion for those images and author Alvin Schwartz’s words led him to eventually help adapt the book into a screenplay and produce this upcoming adaptation.
Read on to find out how del Toro found the right director to translate this material for the silver screen, how they largely used practical effects for the film’s unnerving-looking creatures, which stories made it into the screenplay, the film’s anticipated rating, and even a couple of updates on del Toro’s long-brewing adaptations of The Haunted Mansion and At The Mountains of Madness. Read More »
Update: We’ve received word from CBS Films that the synopsis making the rounds is inaccurate. We’ve updated with the correct Scary Stories to Tell the Dark plot below.
The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie starts shooting very soon, as director André Øvredal and producer Guillermo del Toro attempt to turn the iconic, traumatizing children’s books into a memorable motion picture. The books are comprised of short stories, so how do you turn them into a film? Is the adaptation presented in an anthology format, like Creepshow? Or will only one specific story be adapted? We now know the answer. Read on for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark plot.
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It’s a good time for fans of giant monsters. There are the big guys on movie screens, in Pacific Rim and the upcoming Godzilla. But there are more monsters stalking the internet. The Enormous pilot, based on the graphic novel by Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour, finds a small group of altruistic human survivors in the streets of Phoenix a year after the one-two punch of giant monster attacks and a viral outbreak decimated society. As the group looks for other survivors, they have to deal with less friendly humans, and the appearance of a monster that dwarfs them all.
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Briefly: Troll Hunter director Andre Ovredal has set up a new take on horror to direct later this year. The film is The Autopsy of Jane Doe, and it will be more of a psychological horror story than the more outrageous tale that was featured in his breakout film.
The film is written by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing. Variety reports that the film is set in a mortuary in a small town, “where father and son coroners receive a mysterious homicide victim — a beautiful young “Jane Doe.” As they attempt to figure out how she died and who she is, they discover increasingly bizarre clues, which hold the key to terrifying secrets.”
The trailer for André Ovredal‘s film The Troll Hunter got a great reception when we ran it not long ago. The film was a hit at Fantastic Fest and has done well at other festivals as well. Not difficult to imagine why, if the feature follows through on the promise of the trailer. Now Magnolia’s genre arm Magnet will release the film, after picking up worldwide rights to the picture. Read More »