Producer Guillermo del Toro's upcoming adaptation of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books adds Breaking Bad star Dean Norris to its cast. For many a young horror fan, the Scary Stories series was a prime introduction to the macabre and terrifying, years before most kids would be allowed to watch R-rated films. Written by Alvin Schwartz, the Scary Stories books basically served as collections of popular urban legends and campfire tales, spiced up by the often ghastly drawings of illustrator Stephen Gammell.
Famous for his love of the horror, fantasy, and sci-fi genres, del Toro has expressed his appreciation for the Scary Stories books before, and has been trying to adapt them into a film for several years now. Originally, the plan was for del Toro to direct the adaptation, but as with many of the projects he's been attached to helm over the course of his career, that didn't end up working out. However, del Toro remains onboard as a producer, guiding the project toward its anticipated arrival in theaters.
The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie really kicked into high gear in late-2017, when director Andre Ovredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) signed on. By this spring, production was moving forward, with filming planned to begin in the summer. Filming did indeed commence in late-August, and around that time, the cast started to fill out. Now, CBS Films has announced that actor Dean Norris is set to join the Scary Stories cast in an as yet undisclosed role. Norris is best known for playing DEA agent Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad, and also starred as the villainous "Big" Jim Rennie on CBS' adaptation of Stephen King's Under the Dome.
In addition to Norris, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has also cast in-demand character actors Gil Bellows and Lorraine Toussant. Details on their roles are also yet to be revealed. Bellows and Toussaint both boast extremely long resumes, with Bellows appearing in films like The Shawshank Redemption and TV shows like Ally McBeal, and Toussaint counting films like Selma and shows like Orange is the New Black among her credits.
The film's story officially concerns a group of teens working to solve the mystery behind a string of mysterious deaths in the small town they call home. Leading this group is relative newcomer Zoe Colletti, in easily her highest-profile role to date as Stella Michaels. Adding to the official logline above, other unconfirmed reports have suggested that a malevolent ghost is involved, one that Stella and her friends run afoul of as a result of a Halloween prank. Said ghost also reportedly uses familiar Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark tales to frighten and attack her targets. How exactly that will work remains to be seen, but del Toro likely won't settle for anything that doesn't properly honor the source material that he loves.
Source: CBS Films