CBS movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the popular horror story book series by Alvin Schwartz, has finally been given a release date.
August 9th 2019 is the date that has been confirmed for the film’s release, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The film has been co-screenwritten by Academy Award winner Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape Of Water), along with Daniel and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie).
Del Toro is also on board as a producer and appears in the new photo above, along with star Zoe Colletti (Wildlife) and the film’s director André Øvredal (The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, Trollhunter).
The original books were memorably (and scarily) illustrated by Stephen Gammell, and CBS have also released the following short animation of the film’s title treatment, showcasing visuals strongly in line with the look of the original books.
The books featured scary stories influenced by and based on urban legends and folklore, for which Schwartz did extensive research. The story for the film will feature a group of teens who have to face their fears to solve the mystery of a series of macabre deaths in their town.
Starring alongside Colletti will be Michael Garza (Wayward Pines), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight), Gabriel Rush (Blue Bloods, Better Call Saul), Natalie Ganzhorn (The Stanley Dynamic), Austin Abrams (The Walking Dead) and Dean Norris (Under The Dome, Breaking Bad).
Also taking a role in the film will be the amazing Javier Botet, who specialises in playing physical effects monsters like the xenomorph in Alien: Covenant, and the title spookies in the Slender Man, Mama and Mara. Botet has brought some scary characters to life and has also worked with Guillermo Del Toro before, playing several ghosts in the creepy gothic romance Crimson Peak.