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02.25.2016

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Guillermo Del Toro has recruited a couple of new writers for his SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK movie. Del Toro is developing the film as a potential directing vehicle, and THR has learned that THE LEGO MOVIE and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA scribes Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman will adapt Alvin Schwartz's trilogy of spooky tales for the big screen with the filmmaker. Previous drafts of the script were written by SAW's Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, and (most recently) BIG FISH's John August.

Del Toro previously worked with the duo on his upcoming animated Netflix series Trollhunters, and in a statement, he said, "I have had such a great time working with the Hagemans on Trollhunters -- and they have proven to be such brilliant writers -- that the fit for this material was just perfect: they grew up with the books, they love the genre and they are smart and emotional when writing characters."

Schwartz's collections of short stories have often been banned from elementary school libraries, mostly because of the fantastically creepy illustrations by Stephen Gammell, however publishers replaced Gammell's artwork with lamer tamer drawings for the more recent editions of the books. But I have a feeling Del Toro knows that Gammell's illustrations are the main reason why so many of us remember the books, and I'm hopeful that his disturbing drawings will have a strong influence on the overall look of the movie.

Stephen Gammell Compilation

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Source: THR

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9:59PM on 02/25/2016
I'm down with this as long as it doesn't turn out to be a PG watered down version. The stories and artwork were pretty creepy, and I hope the film is the same way!
I'm down with this as long as it doesn't turn out to be a PG watered down version. The stories and artwork were pretty creepy, and I hope the film is the same way!
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4:24PM on 02/25/2016
The only way I can see this film working is if they base the film off of the illustrations from the book. They would have to stick very close to the source material, kind of like what 300 and Sin City did. Those pictures gave me nightmares when I was a kid.
The only way I can see this film working is if they base the film off of the illustrations from the book. They would have to stick very close to the source material, kind of like what 300 and Sin City did. Those pictures gave me nightmares when I was a kid.
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11:27AM on 02/25/2016

That artwork is scarier than the stories....

I used to read the Scary Story series as a kid so I can get behind this. Most of the stories were pretty short and not very scary, but with a little bit of Guillermo Del Toro's style, I think this could work. I wonder if this will be a series of stories or if they will adapt one story into a feature length movie.
I used to read the Scary Story series as a kid so I can get behind this. Most of the stories were pretty short and not very scary, but with a little bit of Guillermo Del Toro's style, I think this could work. I wonder if this will be a series of stories or if they will adapt one story into a feature length movie.
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10:29AM on 02/25/2016
Going from the writers of Big Fish and Saw to Lego Movie. This went straight to Hell quickly. Was very excited for it too. This will end up being like the Goosebumps movie. Any original fans of the books - don't bother, it's not for us when it really should be.
Going from the writers of Big Fish and Saw to Lego Movie. This went straight to Hell quickly. Was very excited for it too. This will end up being like the Goosebumps movie. Any original fans of the books - don't bother, it's not for us when it really should be.
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7:12PM on 02/25/2016
First, it was the writers of the bad Saw movies, not the original creative team of Leigh Whannell and James Wan (and, in my personal opinion, that first script wasn't very strong either). I wouldn't exactly praise the Saw movies for the scripts anyway.

Second, these writers were only involved in very early drafts of The Lego Movie (they have only a story credit). Chris Miller and Phil Lord played a large part in what made that movie good. So, they didn't even get the good writers from The
First, it was the writers of the bad Saw movies, not the original creative team of Leigh Whannell and James Wan (and, in my personal opinion, that first script wasn't very strong either). I wouldn't exactly praise the Saw movies for the scripts anyway.

Second, these writers were only involved in very early drafts of The Lego Movie (they have only a story credit). Chris Miller and Phil Lord played a large part in what made that movie good. So, they didn't even get the good writers from The Lego Movie to write this script. They got the writers who also have a story credit on Hotel Transylvania (before it was butchered by Adam Sandler).

I think the only name that could have been good for this movie is John August.
8:29AM on 02/25/2016
Christ those pictures still startled me this morning.
Christ those pictures still startled me this morning.
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