The Shape of Water got Guillermo Del Toro back to the whole dark, fantasy, weird scene and it’s safe to say that his upcoming adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be something to be excited for even if Del Toro may not be serving as director. Del Toro will be producing the film alongside Sean Daniel, Elizabeth Grave and J. Miles Dale, and the filmmaker will be co-writing the script together with screenwriting duo, Dan and Kevin Hageman as well as Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. That’s a lot of names behind the scenes but that’s not really uncommon in Hollywood but as for in front of the camera, it seems that we have word on who will be leading this spooky tale.
Collider reports that Annie and Wildlife actress, Zoe Colletti has landed the lead role in the upcoming film according to sources. Scary Stories follows a group of teens who must solve a mystery surrounding a wave of deaths in their little town that would sure as hell lead to some scary and creepy moments similar to some films and television shows in recent memory.
It seems like there’s more to that as Collider has learned a little more about the character of Colletti and some details on the plot. Sources say that Colletti will play Stella Michaels, a young girl haunted by her mother’s disappearance on Halloween night (of course…). She suspects her dad to know more about the whole ordeal that he’s letting and years later, Stella and her friends get involved in a Halloween prank gone wrong. However, it may not necessarily be their fault as it could have been the work of a female ghost who uses her scary stories to f–k up these teens when they begin their investigation surrounding the disappearance of several kids.
As much as I love It and Stranger Things, it really does seem like they’re just hopping onto the coming of age, horror bandwagon here. It does sound like it could be a really good horror film but let’s take into account that Del Toro isn’t set to direct (Andre Ovredal is set to do so). Ovredal is quite a good filmmaker himself especially in the horror scene with films like The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Trollhunter but Del Toro would be perfect to helm this piece. I guess we’ll just see how this turns out… cause it does sound great.