Long Live the '90s: 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' and 'Can't Touch This' Movies Are Happening

Long Live the '90s: 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' and 'Can't Touch This' Movies Are Happening

Nov 17, 2014

We're only just now teetering on a wave of '90s nostalgia at the movies, and things like Dumb and Dumber To are just a sign of what's to come. And as someone who grew up in the late '80s/'90s sweet spot, I'm happy to ride this wave of nostalgia for a little while, especially since it means we're now getting a movie version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

An adaptation of the iconic kids horror series has actually been in the works for a while now, but it would seem the previously hired screenwriting duo of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (the Saw sequels) are now being replaced/supplemented by Big Fish and Frankenweenie screenwriter John August.

Considering the movies he's known for, it's not risky to assume this'll be a slightly funky movie for kids who aren't afraid to dabble in the weird stuff. At the very least, don't expect it to be anywhere near as outright terrifying as some of the artwork was in the original collection of short stories. Especially since all the old, nightmare-inducing art by Stephen Gammell was recently replaced for new publications by softer, less gothic imagery.

And in other movie news that should please '90s kids, director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is producing, and possibly directing, Can't Touch This. No, it's not an MC Hammer biopic, but it is a high school dance comedy set in the '90s. There's no disclosed plot at this point, but given the title and the director, it's not hard to imagine this is going to be outlandish, over the top and highly stylized.

So, basically, it's the '90s in a nutshell.





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