Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to Pen Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for CBS Films

Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to Pen Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for CBS FilmsThe 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.

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  • Rob

    I still have all three of those books, and yes, the art in each is fucking awesome. I’m curious to see what they do with this.

  • kiddcapone

    True story: I checked out Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark from my grade school library about 30 times. 95% of the library card in the back of the book was filled with my initials. I loved the damn thing as a kid. The sequel…not so much.

    • frank_dracman

      I remember that one. The art in that thing was amazing.

      The books I checked out the most were those orange Crestwood House monster books. My love for all things horror started with those. Another book I constantly checked out was Grande Illusions: A Learn-By-Example Guide to the Art and Technique of Special Make-Up Effects from the Films of Tom Savini (copy paste much?). My mom would get mad for bringing it home so I kept it in my backpack. Aaah, you took me to a happy place this morning. Thanks, I needed that.