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The Autopsy Of Jane Doe Director Replacing Guillermo del Toro on Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

The news that Guillermo del Toro would be directing an adaptation of the Alvin Schwartz books that haunted many of our childhoods, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, was met with immediate excitement. Del Toro, a huge fan of the series (he even owns 10 of the original Stephen Gammell illustrations) seemed the like perfect person for the project. Though he’s sadly since stepped down as director, rest assured, the haunting tales are in good hands.

Its just been announced that André Øvredal, the Norwegian director of The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Trollhunter will be replacing del Toro, though the The Shape of Water director will still produce with Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave. Deadline also shared the first synopsis for the film as well, which reads:

“The thriller follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town. Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie) wrote the most recent draft based on the books.”

Scary Stories is a series that has always scared and fascinated its readers in a really special way, and I’m excited to see how the film will adapt that for the big screen. What do you think about the directorial change?

(via Deadline, image: Harper and Row)

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