Hey guys, Jana here,
The reading you do as a child shapes your literary preferences for the rest of your life. In my mind, I settled the prairie with Laura Ingalls Wilder, I watched ‘Tip and Mitten‘ sit and stay and had ‘Fun With Dick and Jane‘. I adventured with ‘The Mouse and the Motorcycle‘, chose my own adventure (Which, btw is the format Neil Patrick Harris uses for his autobiography released last month, it’s great fun and a great read), I felt brave as I read R.L. Stine’s chiller’s which gave me the confidence to pick up Stephen King in later years. No matter what you grew to love to read, there was one series that stood out from the rest , ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark‘ by Alvin Schwartz with illustrations by Stephen Gammell took a heroic measure of nerve.
Geared towards highly impressionable minds that were already hearing bumps in the night, this iconic series told stories that were based on folk tales and urban legends that creeped into our subconscious thought and never quite went away. That was my experience with the trio of books, at least. CBS Films has invested in a new scribe to spin the tales. John August (‘Big Fish‘) seems like a good fit for the dark and somber tone that will make these stories jump alive on screen. August has a background writing for Tim Burton which only makes his involvement more enticing as Burton is the mack daddy of dark and somber.
The feature length film will be produced by Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Sean Daniel Company and Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment are producing, while Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will exec produce. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.