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In an announcement that no doubt has genre fans everywhere excited, Guillermo del Toro will develop Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark for CBS, Deadline reports. Del Toro will also potentially direct the series, adapted from literature of the same name by Alvin Schwartz. The books' illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner Stephen Gammell, featuring whispy black and white demons, ghouls, and deaths, both captivated and gave nightmares to scores of children worldwide.

Nothing else in terms of details --- the stories featured, cast, or such --- has been revealed. If anyone can turn these books into some terrific TV, it's del Toro. Not only has he always been a master of the fantastic and the macabre, but he's always been an artist to juggle many projects; in addition to Scary Stories, he's entertaining a Pacific Rim sequel, a Fantastic Voyage remake, and likely, a few other things that aren't public yet. Here's hoping that all of them get made. (And that his Lovecraft adaptation of At The Mountains Of Madness will somehow rise from the dead.)

The stories themselves were derived from historic folklore across the globe and spun into a more modern series for children of the '80s and '90s. While the books sold incredibly well, they also courted controversy, as they became some of the most banned books for placement by the American Library Association, due to content and graphic art. HarperCollins saw fit to replace the original phantasmagoric illustrations for the books' 30th anniversary, in a move that both placated parents and horrified the general book-buying public, who saw the art replacement as censorship.

Did these stories and corresponding art terrify you as a child? Are you excited that del Toro is involved?
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Party_In_Left_FieldJanuary 15, 2016 7:16 AM

I never understood why his adaptation of Mountains Of Madness has been stuck in production stand still. I'd drop money in that production sight unseen. With all the really cruddy films being green lit, it doesn't make sense. UNLESS, Del Toro himself hasn't been satisfied yet with his script. Anyway, good for him on this new TV deal. Can't wait and I always wish him the best.

Todd BrownJanuary 15, 2016 8:15 AM

It's not hard to understand. With the current script (which Del Toro loves and refuses to move off of) the film would need to gross about $650 million worldwide to break even. And it's R rated. R rated movies almost never make that kind of box office. It's a very bad - by which I mean very high risk - investment, so the studios aren't investing in it.

MikeJanuary 15, 2016 10:39 AM

Ha, shouldn't that say "but he's always been an artist to juggle TOO many projects".