As he keeps hope alive for “Pacific Rim 2,” Guillermo del Toro has nonetheless recognized that the monsters vs. machines movie is not in his immediate future. He recently signed up to direct a remake of “Fantastic Voyage” to be produced by James Cameron, and now he’s got another project in the works.
The Wrap reports the del Toro will produce and potentially direct “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.” The project is based on Alvin Schwartz’s best-selling short story collections, and John August (“Big Fish,” “Dark Shadows,” “Corpse Bride“) is penning the script, but there are no details yet on what the story might be. If you never got the book through your Scholastic catalog, here’s the synopsis for the first collection:
This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz’s popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. There is a story here for everyone — skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney. Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories — and even scary songs — all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.
While it’s nice to see del Toro staying busy after the flop of the underrated “Crimson Peak,” when are we getting “Haunted Mansion” with Ryan Gosling? I think that’s a question everyone wants answered.