In a recent interview with Crave, screenwriter John August opened up about the fate of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark feature film adaptation (which, at one point, Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton were attached).
The writer explained that he really doesn’t have a crystal ball to tell if the film will ever get off the ground. But he does seem hopeful. “I am still working on it, yeah. As a screenwriter I have no fortunetelling ability to know whether the movie is going to [go into production] or if the movie is going to be good, but I can say that I’m really excited with what we’ve been able to do so far and if we are able to make the movie I kind of hope we’ll be able to make, it’s going to be something great, and a very unique movie that we haven’t seen before.”
As for the notorious illustrations and how they will play into the grand scheme of things, he offered the following statement:
“Without spoiling things I will say that the illustrations are an incredibly crucial part of the book and they are an incredibly crucial part of the movie, August noted. “Without sort of spoiling things about the movie, I will say that the difference between those original illustrations and the second set of illustrations are an important aspect of the movie experience.”
It’s nice to know that the screenwriter understands the importance of the original, terrifying depictions included in the original printing of the book series. Hopefully the project will grow legs and head in to development in the near future. In the meantime, rest assured that we will keep you apprised.