‘Scary Tales 2’ will unlock Stephen Gammell’s iconic traumatizing murals greater than the primary movie
As early as April it was announced that Paramount and Entertainment One were working on a sequel to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and that director André Øvredal would return. Based on the popular Albin Schwartz children’s book series, the 2019 film focused on a group of friends discovering a strange book that can bring their greatest fears to life. That first film gave us large-scale renditions of the Pale Lady, the Spiders, the Toe Monster, Harold the Scarecrow, and the Jangly Man, but with three books in Schwartz ‘series, each with more than 20 stories each, the creative options for this sequel are mighty high.
But given that productions have derailed left and right due to the pandemic, one has to wonder when we will actually see this sequel to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. While we don’t have a specific release date for you, Øvredal took a moment to update us on the status of production during an upcoming episode of Colliders Witching Hour for the release of his new film Mortal. Here’s what he said when asked if Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was making progress:
“We’re on hold in terms of production, but not really because we’re just developing the story and the script. This is a time consuming process as there is no point in doing a sequel to this movie unless it’s exalted and great and ideally it’s better than the first movie. “
As they are going to top this first film, Øvredal turns to the source material to achieve this:
“I’ve learned so much about scary stories, but also about scary stories, and I think we’ll get into more of that [illustrator Stephen] Gammell’s visual world in the sequel than in the first film. “
So here we are on the sequel to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. We will definitely update you as soon as we receive additional information. In the meantime, keep an eye out for our full Witching Hour chat with Øvredal about Mortal, Trollhunter, Jane Doe’s autopsy and more!