The book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has become a much beloved franchise for horror fans everywhere (despite publisher HarperCollins’ boneheaded ridiculousness), and now the series that launched a 1,000 adolescent nightmares is evolving in a whole new way!
Deadline reports that CBS Films has acquired a pitch from Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to adapt Alvin Schwartz’s classic spooky tale collection Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The project will see Melton and Dunstan adapt some of the scary short stories into a screenplay about a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life.
Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Sean Daniel Company and Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment will produce. Daniel and Brown initially optioned the rights before teaming up with Melton and Dunstan.