Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Gets New Writer

4475803_origCBS Films’ Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark adaptation is now in some safe hands, and could be tipping off someone else involved.

Deadline reports that BAFTA-nominated John August – who is a regular Tim Burton collaborator, penning both Big Fish and Frankenweenie – will adapt the iconic book series by Alvin Schwartz that had children of the ’80s and ’90s hearing bumps in the night.

Could this mean Tim Burton’s involvement is not far behind? Let’s hope so because the books’ art, by Stephen Gammell, channels the iconic artist/director.

The three-book children’s series that’s sold more than 7 million copies worldwide began with 1981′s “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark,” continuing with “More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” (1984) and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones” (1991). The collection of folk tales and urban legends also memorably haunted generations of youngsters with its surreal and nightmarish illustrations by award-winning artist Stephen Gammell.

Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Sean Daniel Company and Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment are producing, while Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will executive produce. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing for CBS Films.