Stylish THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE Director To Helm SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
Growing up in the 90’s, millenials like myself were lucky. Not only did we get to grow up in a simpler world on the mere brink of a technological boom but hey! We also still got to have our films tastes be curated by the hallowed halls of a video store that our Gen X older siblings got to experience fully. The greatest thing though, at least for the 90s kids that were interested in the macabre, was the numerous entryways into the genre that we were afforded. While cinema may have been lacking for us chiller children, we woke every Saturday morning to the haunting melodies of the Goosebumps, and we pleaded with our parents to stay up late for the promises of terror from SNICK’s Are You Afraid Of The Dark. Books, too, were integral for shaping our early love for the genre. An early claim to fame of mine is that if you were ever a part of the official Goosebumps Fan Club, you may have seen my picture in the newsletter with this quote attributed to me: “If I don’t get more Goosebumps, I’ll scream!”. Clearly, my comedy writing has much improved in two decades. But there is one series of books that came out in the 1980s, gaining popularity throughout the decade, that still sets its readers on edge and has everyone, myself included, wondering why we were let to read these stories at a young age, these Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. And at long last, after many attempts, it looks like we may finally have a film!
Last year Guillermo Del Toro was brought on to develop, and potentially direct, a screen adaption of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s children's literary masterpiece, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Now Deadline is reporting that, while Del Toro will stay on as producer, Norwegian director André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter) has been brought on to helm! The most recent draft, based on Schwartz’ original tales, has been scribed by Dan and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie, Hotel Transylvania). Plot details are scant, but Deadline reported this mini synopsis: “The thriller follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.”
Aside from how you felt about The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Ovredal has proven to be a stylish and skilled director with a master of tone, most evident in his wryly comedic POV horror Trollhunter. And that control of tone will be crucial for what will more than likely be a darker family film. But after almost four decades of waiting, it looks like Scary Stories may get the silver screen treatment that it deserves.