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CBS Films to bring us Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; Saw's Dunstan & Melton to adapt

Dec. 4, 2013by: Kevin Woods
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I'm sure many of you reading this grew up reading Alvin Schwartz's much beloved "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" as well as the sequels "More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" and "Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones". Much like R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" series, Schwartz's "Scary Stories" introduced many young readers to the world of horror literature with its freaky tales based on urban legends and folklore, but it was the frighteningly awesome artwork by Stephen Gammell that really creeped me out.

Now Deadline is reporting that CBS Films has sprung for a pitch from SAW writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to adapt Alvin Schwartz’s classic spooky tale collection for the big screen. Deadline reports that there was a competitive bidding for the project, which will see Melton and Dunstan adapt some of the "Scary" short stories into a screenplay about...

...a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life.

Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Sean Daniel Company and Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment will produce, with Roberto Grande and Joshua Long exec producing.

Extra Tidbit: Were you a fan of the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" books?
Source: Deadline

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2:08PM on 12/04/2013

Awsome

I use to read these as a kid, and they scared the shit out of me, the art still haunts me.
I use to read these as a kid, and they scared the shit out of me, the art still haunts me.
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11:37AM on 12/04/2013

Best film news I've heard in months!

These books changed my life as a kid and formed my love for all things horror. As an owner of the original, and widely banned books I cant say how excited I am for this. I just cant believe no one thought of pitching this before!
These books changed my life as a kid and formed my love for all things horror. As an owner of the original, and widely banned books I cant say how excited I am for this. I just cant believe no one thought of pitching this before!
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2:34PM on 12/04/2013

Yes!

Sweet, I have the collection on my bookshelf. I re-read all 3 this past Halloween. Love these books. I'm with you that the art work is what creeped me out and if they make it I hope they visually do it justice. I know it'd be hard to sell a black and white horror movie these days but I feel like it would have to be. Though I'm not happy with the small plot details about kids facing their fears to save a town from real nightmares. Just make it a regular anthology movie and this could be the next
Sweet, I have the collection on my bookshelf. I re-read all 3 this past Halloween. Love these books. I'm with you that the art work is what creeped me out and if they make it I hope they visually do it justice. I know it'd be hard to sell a black and white horror movie these days but I feel like it would have to be. Though I'm not happy with the small plot details about kids facing their fears to save a town from real nightmares. Just make it a regular anthology movie and this could be the next Creepshow.
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2:41PM on 12/04/2013
Man, that would be great if they did at least some of it in black and white. Even if its a mild nod to the art in the books that would be amazing.
Man, that would be great if they did at least some of it in black and white. Even if its a mild nod to the art in the books that would be amazing.
1:12PM on 12/05/2013
Cool! Really enjoyed the books, Remember they used to freak me out when I was a kid!
Cool! Really enjoyed the books, Remember they used to freak me out when I was a kid!
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6:19PM on 12/04/2013
Hands down my all time favorite set of childrens books. I still own the same set I had as a kid, and even now, as a grown-ass man I read those stories and they creep me out.(in that awesome way.) A live adaptation would be interesting to say the least.
Hands down my all time favorite set of childrens books. I still own the same set I had as a kid, and even now, as a grown-ass man I read those stories and they creep me out.(in that awesome way.) A live adaptation would be interesting to say the least.
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2:08PM on 12/04/2013

Awesome! Just got a copy from a garage sale a week ago!

I saw this in a pile of books at a local garage sale and I was flooded with memories of how messed up these books were and how scared they made me. Granted I was 5 years old when I read the first one, but after re-reading this book last week, I can totally see this as a cool anthology series.
I saw this in a pile of books at a local garage sale and I was flooded with memories of how messed up these books were and how scared they made me. Granted I was 5 years old when I read the first one, but after re-reading this book last week, I can totally see this as a cool anthology series.
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