Our favorite thing about Guillermo del Toro — you know, aside from his immeasurable talent, endless depth of knowledge, and ability to scare the pants off of each and every one of us in the Nerdist family — is how he’s always got something cooking. And while he won’t be directing the follow up to his kaiju/robot brainchild Pacific Rim, we’re learning that one of his many other projects, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (based on the nightmare fuel that was Alvin Schwartz’s series of children’s books), has some writers, with some pretty “awesome” credits.
Joining del Toro on the project will be Dan and Kevin Hagemen, who had previously worked on the brilliance that was 2014’s The LEGO Movie, and also worked with the Crimson Peak director on his Netflix and DreamWorks animated series Trollhunters.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“I have had such a great time working with the Hagemans on Trollhunters — and they have proven to be such brilliant writers — that the fit for this material was just perfect: they grew up with the books, they love the genre and they are smart and emotional when writing characters,” says Del Toro.
The Hageman brothers have also worked on the script for the upcoming Ninjago movie in the expanded LEGO franchise, as well as Hotel Transylvania, so they’re well-versed in writing for a younger audience with a hint of horror. This’ll be especially great if del Toro, as is expected, will indeed direct. With no Pac Rim 2 on his plate and a new pair of trusted writers in his court, this seems like the perfect thing for the current King of Fantasy-Horror.
Let us know what you think about a Scary Stories movie. What were your favorites from the Alvin Schwartz books? To the comments with you all!
HT: The Hollywood Reporter
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Kyle Anderson is the Weekend Editor and a film and TV critic for Nerdist.com. Follow him on Twitter!
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