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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark 2 - What We Know So Far

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.

Is there a release date for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2?

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 9. 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.

Do we know anything about the plot of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2?

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.