One of Nickelodeon’s most beloved shows from the 90s is getting a movie adaptation, as Paramount Pictures has decided to adapt Are You Afraid of the Dark? for the big screen.
Plot details for the film are currently being kept under wraps, however Paramount have brought on IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman, to write the screenplay. Joining Dauberman, is Matt Kaplan, who will take on the role of producer. The movie is being done under the studio’s new division, Paramount Players, headed by Awesomeness founder Brian Robbins, which will “focus, in distinctive ways, on contemporary talent and properties for young audiences while drawing upon the vast resources of the Viacom brands.”
The important part of this is that it mentions the Viacom brands, as Nickelodeon is one of these brands and Are You Afraid of the Dark? originally aired on that network.
There isn’t a bigger name in horror right now than Gary Dauberman, as he wrote the screenplay for IT, the most financially successful horror films of all time, as well as Annabelle: Creation, another one of this year’s biggest horror hits. He’s also penning the script for IT: Chapter Two, and The Nun, a spinoff in The Conjuring universe. So, it’s easy to see why he will be the mind behind the Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie.
The concept of the show is fairly simple, as it sees a group of friends who call themselves The Midnight Society, hanging around a campfire and telling scary stories to one another. This leaves a lot of room for the creative team to explore on this film – perhaps they will follow The Twilight Zone’s example, and remake some of the old episodes in a big budget format. Or perhaps they will reinvent the show with a new story, or stories. It remains to be seen.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is in the very early stages of development, and therefore there is no director or release date attached to the project at this point.