Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the children’s cable network’s spooky anthology series, is the epitome of ’90s childhood nostalgia. I remember staying up late just to watch those group of kids tell stories that blurred the lines between story and reality. And like all good ’90s childhood nostalgia, it must be adapted into a film.
The latest reports confirm that Paramount is working on a film adaptation of the series and that they have hired It writer Gary Dauberman to pen the script. More on the story below.
THR says in addition to writing, Dauberman will also act as a producer on the film. Here is what he told the Hollywood trade:
“The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones. We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”
It should be interesting to see how Dauberman interprets those dark and scary tones. While the show was exactly that, it never really left any haunting scars. But it was sure has hell fun to watch. Flash forward 20 years later, and the way we see scary has changed. So let’s see how kids react to this when it comes out and if the material is suited for them.
For those who may not be familiar with the show, Are You Afraid of the Dark? was an anthology series that centered on a group of teens called the Midnight Society, who would go out into the woods to tell various scary stories. The story itself would be visualized to the viewer, with each storyteller beginning their story by saying “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story…” This was a sort of a homage to The Twilight Zone.
The series originally ran from 1992 to 1996, and was then rebooted for a short run from 1999 to 2000.
The film adaptation will be overseen by Paramount Players, who are responsible for developing features based on Paramount properties from Nickelodeon, MTV, and more.
As for Dauberman, he co-wrote this year’s fall smash hit It, which is the highest grossing horror film of all time having earned $683 million worldwide. He also wrote the script for Annabelle: Creation, which has earned a modest $305 million. His next projects include producing the horror movie The Children for New Line.
No word yet on who Paramount may be eyeing for director or when the film could be released.