Horror maestro Guillermo del Toro has a few more chilling tales to tell.
The Crimson Peak and Pan’s Labyrinth filmmaker is on board to develop and produce a big-screen adaptation of the creepy children’s book trilogy Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for CBS Films, with an eye toward directing.
Del Toro confirmed the news on Twitter, calling the source material “a favorite book of youth.” He also attached a photo of himself posing with some original artwork from the series, which hangs in his home.
First published between 1981 and ’91, Alvin Schwartz’s books freaked out a generation of young readers with tales drawing on folklore, ghost stories, and urban legends. The accompanying illustrations by Stephen Gammell were the stuff of nightmares.
Del Toro will work from a screenplay by John August.
It’s unclear when Del Toro will tackle Scary Stories; other projects he’s been linked to include a Fantastic Voyage remake, a Haunted Mansion movie, Pacific Rim 2, a film called Silver involving Mexican wrestlers, and a small-scale English-language picture.