Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (film)

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark film logo.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byAndré Øvredal
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Dan Hageman
  • Kevin Hageman
Story byGuillermo del Toro
Based onScary Stories to Tell in the Dark
by Alvin Schwartz
Starring
CinematographyRoman Osin
Production
companies
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
August 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)[1]
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25 million

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an upcoming American horror film produced by CBS Films, Entertainment One, 1212 Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions, and Sean Daniel Productions distributed by Lionsgate. The film directed by André Øvredal, from a script co-written by Dan and Kevin Hageman, and a screen story by Guillermo del Toro. It is based on the children's book series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz. It stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn, and Dean Norris.

In 2013, CBS Films acquired the rights to the Alvin Schwartz's children's book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, with the intent of producing it as a potential feature film.

By January 2016, it was announced that del Toro would develop the project for CBS Films with potentially attached to direct, while he would also produce the film along with Daniel, Brown, and Grave. Øvredal was hired to direct the film. Principal photography commenced on August 27, 2018, and ended on November 1, 2018, in Ontario, Canada.

The film is set to be released on August 9, 2019, by Lionsgate and CBS Films.

Plot[edit]

“It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.”[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In 2013, CBS Films acquired the rights to the Alvin Schwartz's children's book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, with the intent of producing it as a potential feature film.[3] It was announced in 2014 that writer John August will pen the film for CBS Films.[4]

On January 14, 2016, it was announced that Guillermo del Toro would develop the project for CBS Films with potential attachment to direct, while he would also produce the film along with Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, and Elizabeth Grave.[5] In February 2016, CBS Films hired screenwriting brothers duo Dan and Kevin Hageman to polish the draft written by August, and before him the script was written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton.[6] In December 2017, it was reported that André Øvredal would direct the film.[7]

In April 2018, it was reported that Del Toro would be co-writing the film, which would be co-financed by CBS Films and Entertainment One.[8]

Casting[edit]

In August 2018, Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur and Natalie Ganzhorn joined the cast.[9][10][11] In September 2018, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint and Javier Botet joined the cast.[12][13]

Filming[edit]

Principal production commenced on August 27, 2018, and ended on November 1, 2018, in Ontario, Canada.[14][15]

Release[edit]

The first footage of the film premiered during the Super Bowl LIII.[16] The film is set to be released on August 9, 2019, by Lionsgate and CBS Films.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNary, Dave (December 14, 2018). "Guillermo del Toro's 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Set for August Release". Variety. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories Movie Sets Cast As Filming Starts". 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "CBS Films Nabs 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark' Pitch From 'Saw' Scribes". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  4. ^ "'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Will Get Rewritten by 'Frankenweenie' Writer John August". DTheMovieNetwork.com. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  5. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 14, 2016). "Guillermo Del Toro Warms To 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark'". Deadline. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 24, 2016). "Guillermo del Toro's 'Scary Stories' Lands 'Lego Movie' Writers". Variety. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  7. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (December 7, 2017). "'The Autopsy Of Jane Doe' Helmer Andre Ovredal To Direct 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark' For CBS Films". Deadline. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (April 27, 2018). "Guillermo del Toro's 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Movie Gets Backing". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (23 August 2018). "Guillermo Del Toro's 'Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark' Casts Zoe Colletti".
  10. ^ "Michael Garza, Austin Abrams to Star in Guillermo del Toro's 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'".
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (27 August 2018). "Guillermo Del Toro & André Øvredal Set Ensemble Cast For 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark'".
  12. ^ Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint Join ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’
  13. ^ Javier Botet Has a Role in ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ So Get Ready for the Nightmares
  14. ^ "OMDC MEDIA LIST – June 8, 2018" (PDF).
  15. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 27, 2018). "Guillermo Del Toro & André Øvredal Set Ensemble Cast For 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark'". Deadline. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  16. ^ Orange, B. Alan (February 1, 2019). "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Poster Arrives, Trailer Drops During Super Bowl". MovieWeb. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (December 14, 2018). "Guillermo del Toro's 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Set for August Release". Variety. Retrieved December 14, 2018.

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