Guillermo Del Toro to Direct ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

Let’s hope the overrated filmmaker doesn’t ruin Alvin Schwartz’s trilogy of books

Guillermo Del Toro
Guillermo Del Toro with his collection of Stephen Gammell's original illustrations for "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"

On the heels of “Crimson Peak” flopping at the box office, Guillermo del Toro has signed on to direct “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” based on the trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz.

John August wrote the script, thought plot details remain under wraps.

Del Toro is the acclaimed director of “Pan’s Labyrinth,” though he has yet to make a great English-language film and has been coasting on his reputation for the past several years.

Del Toro’s attachment comes as his plans for a “Pacific Rim” sequel have stalled and he negotiates with 20th Century Fox to direct its remake of “Fantastic Voyage.”

His most recent film, last fall’s haunted-house thriller “Crimson Peak,” grossed $31 million at the domestic box office on a production budget of $55 million.