I actually really enjoyed director André Øvredal adaptation of Alvin Schwartz‘s horror book series Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. I thought it did a fantastic job bringing the creepy-ass art of Stephen Gammell to life, but it sounds like the creative team is going to embrace that original art even more in the sequel
During a recent interview with Collider, the director talked about diving deeper into bringing the ghastly art of Gemmell to life in the sequel, saying:
“I learned so much on Scary Stories, but also about Scary Stories and I do think that we’ll tap even more into Gammell’s visual world in the sequel than we did in the first movie.”
The sequel to the film was confirmed earlier this year and Øvredal and his team have been hard at work crafting the script for it during the pandemic. The filmmaker explained:
“Production-wise we’re in a holding pattern, but not really because we’re just developing the story and the script, which is a time-consuming process because there’s no point in making a sequel to that movie unless it’s elevated and it’s great and it’s ideally better than the first movie.”
He also previously said that they are “playing with some new, wonderful stuff that I am very excited about where this sequel could go.”
I’m looking forward to seeing what exactly they’ve got cooking for this sequel and I can’t wait to see how they play with the nightmarish visuals in it.
In the original film, it’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind… but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time — stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.