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John August to Script ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’

Scary StoriesJohn August has signed on to write the script for a film adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.

August frequently collaborates with Tim Burton. Two of those movies were created for child audiences, The Corpse Bride (2005) and Frankenweenie (2012). At the moment, no director has been hired for this project.

Here’s more from Deadline: “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.”

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IDW Publishing to Release An ‘Edward Scissorhands’ Comic Book Series

Edward Scissorhands ComicIDW Publishing will release a comic adaptation of the 1990 hit movie, Edward Scissorhands.

Author Kate Leth has been brought on as the writer. Illustrator Drew Rausch has been hired to create the interior art. Artist Gabriel Rodriguez designed the cover for the first issue.

The story of this series takes place twenty years after the ending of Burton’s beloved film. According to the press release, “Kim’s granddaughter, Meg, grows up with Edward Scissorhands only being a legend, a bedtime story. But when weird things start to happen in her sleepy little town, it reawakens her curiously and she decides to search out for the mysterious Edward Scissorhands.”

 

How a Photo Collecting Hobby Turned Into a Bestselling Novel

ransomriggsRansom Riggs the author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children did not set out to write novels. In fact, the filmmaker and nonfiction author got his start in fiction through his hobby of collecting creepy photos with captions written on them.

Riggs shared these photos with his editor at Quirk Books, who had the idea that Riggs could build a novel from them.

Fine Books Magazine has the story: “Riggs ‘leapt on the idea,’ and began writing a story inspired by the vintage snapshots. ‘My collection was small then, and I knew I’d need many, many more photos to choose from while writing, so I started contacting and meeting with other collectors.’ With help from other photo collectors, Riggs assembled enough odd and intriguing—some say ‘creepy’—photos to illustrate the novel, which attracted rave reviews and critical acclaim upon publication in 2011.”

The project was a success. The book became a bestseller on the The New York Times and the story is even being adapted into a film by Tim Burton.

Tim Burton to Direct ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Film

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tim Burton will direct a film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will hit the silver screen in July 31, 2015. X-Men: First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman will write the script.

Riggs has written a sequel entitled Hollow City. Quirk Books will publish it on January 14, 2014.  Just like in the first novel, the story will include creepy old photographs curated by the author.

(via Hypable)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Trailer Released

A new trailer has been released for the adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a big screen adaptation of a mash-up novel by Seth Grahame-Smith.

Produced by the great Tim Burton, the film comes out in June–what do you think? Here is a concise plot summary: “Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.”

Way back in 2010, we interviewed Grahame-Smith about his Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel, exploring how the bestselling monster mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies had changed his life. Click here to listen to the interview.

Tim Burton Could Direct ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ Film

Dark Shadows director Tim Burton may direct a film adaptation of Ransom RiggsMiss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

According to Deadline, Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping will produce the film. Riggs released his YA novel back in June and has since gone on a “whirlwind trip around the country” in search of more peculiar photos for a planned sequel.

Here’s more from the article: “[The book stars] Jacob, a 16-year-old whose childhood was filled with stories his grandfather told him about an orphanage for unusual children. Among the residents: a girl who could hold fire in her hands, another whose feet never touched the ground, and twins who communicated without speaking.”

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Kathryn Leigh Scott Celebrates Her Novel & Dark Shadows

Writer Kathryn Leigh Scott recently hosted a lunch in New York City to celebrate her new novel, Dark Passages. The author starred in Dark Shadows, and called her novel a “love letter” to the vampire soap opera from the late 1960s.

Here’s more from FishbowlNY: “Set in the swinging ’60s, it tells the tale of an actress moonlighting as a Playboy bunny who just happens to be vampire and is determined to make it in New York City without her supernatural powers. While working on the cult hit Dark Passages, she meets her nemesis, a 300-year-old witch.”

The author had just returned from London after shooting a cameo for Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows film.

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T Bone Burnett & Danny Elfman to Create Music for ‘The Hunger Games’

Oscar-winner T Bone Burnett and Grammy-winner Danny Elfman will create the music for The Hunger Games film adaptation. According to the release, this project is “an unprecedented film music collaboration.”

The two composers will work together on the film score. Additionally, Burnett will serve as the executive music producer for both the score and the soundtrack. Many Hunger Games fans have reacted happily to the announcement on Facebook.

Lionsgate’s head of film music Tracy McKnight explained: “The Hunger Games is such a special property – it has worldwide mass appeal, but it’s also sophisticated, cerebral, soulful, and rebellious. We needed a composer who can translate these qualities musically, and we have not one but two incredible artists in an absolutely thrilling first time ever collaboration.”

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Tim Burton Picks Weirdest Christmas Images

In a guest essay on The Huffington Post, director Tim Burton picked the 11 of the weirdest holiday art pieces featured in his book, The Art of Tim Burton.

A few of the images featured Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Burton explained: “Christmas has always been one of my favorites. I love the gaudy decorations people strew everywhere and the idea of snow before I ever got to experience it. My other favorite is Halloween, and the combination of the two was where the inspiration for The Nightmare Before Christmas came from.”

The book features 1,000 illustrations. The standard edition costs $69.99. The $299.99 deluxe edition features a slipcase, a signed lithograph, and Burton’s signature on the inside cover.

Alice Versus a Wimpy Kid

adaptation23.pngIt was a big weekend for adaptations of children’s books as Alice in Wonderland took $34.5 at the box office and Diary of a Wimpy Kid took $21.8 million at movie theaters around the country.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the Tim Burton-directed adaptation of Lewis Carroll‘s story has earned $265.8 million in 17 days. Film executives were happy with Wimpy Kid‘s debut–the first in a series of books written by Jeff Kinney. Follow this link to watch the trailer.

Here’s more about the adaptation from the article: “Based on the first book in a kids’ literary series, PG-rated ‘Kid’ drew audiences evenly divided between males and females, and comprised 59 percent of patrons under age 25. ‘It’s a testament to the fan base this property enjoys,’ Fox senior vp distribution Chris Aronson said.”

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