CBS Films’ adaptation of kids’ book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark now has a writer as the successful screenwriter and writing coach John August will pen the script.

Originally, it was attached to SAW’s Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton before landing on August’s desk and we think August is probably the right man for the job. His writing credentials include Tim Burton collaborations on BIG FISH, FRANKENWEENIE, CORPSE BRIDE and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.

Alvin Schwartz’s three book series terrified kids of the 80s and early 90s with its spooky and macabre retelling of urban legends and folklore, alongside Stephen Gammell freaky illustrations. Schwartz has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, so it looks like CBS will already have a ready-made audience.

Source: Deadline