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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark 2 Release Date, Cast And Plot

When it was announced that Guillermo del Toro was producing a film adaptation of the chilling young adult horror anthology Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, fans of the books were equal parts elated and apprehensive. The movie managed to tie together many of the series' most viscerally haunting tales in an engaging story, and featured some truly frightening set pieces. It was a box office success, and received a solid critical reception.

Given that, it should come as no surprise that Paramount and Entertainment One have officially announced that a sequel to the 2019 movie is in the works from much the same team that started it all. Once again, del Toro is on hand to craft the story, while the screenplay will be written by the first film's scribes, Dan and Kevin Hageman. Norweigan director André Øvredal is also returning to helm the project.

While the studios haven't released many details about the upcoming sequel, now that it's been announced, there are some things to be surmised about the release date, cast, and plot. Let's dive in and see what we can piece together about this spooky second effort.

When will the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark sequel be released?

For the time being, the studios haven't given any information about the release date for the planned sequel to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. That makes sense, given the current state of film production in general. Even with all that uncertainty, however, there are still a few inferences we can make about when we'll get our eyes on the movie.

In the United States, the original Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark released on August 9th. It did very well in this release window, so it wouldn't be surprising for the studios to put out the film at a similar time frame to recapture that success.

Another option is to shift the release window to some time in October in order to capture the Halloween season audience. Considering the sequel has just now been announced, it seems like a stretch that the movie would be ready in 2020. So, our best guess is that we'll be seeing the next Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark film sometime in late summer or fall of 2021.

Which cast members are returning for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark sequel?

Although the announcement for the sequel confirmed that most of the first film's main creative team are returning for the project, it didn't make any mention of which actors have signed on. At this point, all we can do is speculate, but given that the end of the first film seemed to be setting up a direct continuation of the story, there's a strong likelihood that Zoe Colletti, Natalie Ganzhorn, and Dean Norris will be reprising their roles of Stella, Ruthie, and Roy.

As for the first film's other main players, their character's fates were left a bit more ambiguous. Auggie (Gabriel Rush) and Chuck (Austin Zajur) were taken by monsters from Sarah Bellows' stories, and Ramón (Michael Garza) went off to fight in the Vietnam War. The movie's hopeful ending implied that it's not the last we've seen of those characters but, at the moment, it remains to be seen if those particular actors will be returning.

There's also the possibility that none of the original actors will come back. The most likely scenario for this would be if the plot features a time jump that continues the story when the characters are adults, similar to It Chapter Two. Until we get more details, though, there's no way to know for sure.

What to expect from the plot of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark sequel

Usually, when a film is announced, the studio gives a little tease for what viewers can expect from the plot. Sadly, that was not the case for the sequel to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the logline for the film was purposefully not released along with the announcement. We're not sure if that lack of disclosure is a sign that the story will be taking a radical departure from the original, or if they simply haven't gotten that far in the creative process. There are, however, a few speculations we can make about where the story for the follow up is likely to go. Warning: There are spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the original.

At the end of the first movie, Stella frees the vengeful spirit of Sarah Bellows by writing the true story of what happened to her, which also causes the monsters from the dead woman's stories to disappear. Auggie and Chuck are still missing, however, after being taken by the monsters, and the film ends with Stella, her father, and Chuck's sister, Ruth, going to search for a way to rescue them. Given that Sarah Bellows' story got tied up pretty nicely, it seems unlikely that she will be involved in the plot of the second film, but the question of where, exactly, the monsters she conjured with her stories came from, and where Auggie and Chuck ended up, remains. If we had to guess, Stella and company's search for their two missing friends seems like the most obvious plot for the sequel. Here's hoping we get some more grisly lore in the process.