Guillermo del Toro Went Back to ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to Crack ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

Guillermo del Toro Went Back to ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to Crack ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’
Adapting a book into a movie is always a tricky process, but when Guillermo del Toro was considering bringing Alvin Schwartz’s iconic horror series “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” to the big screen, he had to look outside the source material and into his own work before he knew it could be a film.

“When we started talking about [making] this about five years ago, I had to think about it,” del Toro said Saturday afternoon in San Diego during a Comic-Con panel for the movie. “Anthology films are always as bad as the worst story in them — they’re never as good as the best story. Then I remembered in ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ I created a book called the Book of Crossroads.”

Del Toro was inspired by how that book was used in his 2006 film, and thought of an idea that made him confident in adapting “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
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