Last fall it was announced that an Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie adaptation was in the works, but there hasn’t been much news for the film since then. In a recent interview, the screenwriter announced that the movie will tell a new story, rather than featuring tales from the TV show.
The show originally aired on Nickelodeon, frightening kids who grew up in the ’90s. It was set up around a group of teens called The Midnight Society who would gather at their special campfire location nestled in the woods and tell each other scary stories. Done in anthology format similar to Tales from the Crypt, each episode told a self-contained scary story.
The Paramount film will be written by Gary Dauberman, who penned the successful 2017 It film adaptation. During a recent interview with Slash Film he said that it’ll be a completely new story, though he did confirm that The Midnight Society and campfire setting will remain. He also confirmed that he is attempting to keep the movie as scary as possible for a kids’ movie, similar to the show. Given how frightening some of those episodes were – we’re looking at you “Tale of the Dead Man’s Float” and “Tale of the Night Shift” – there’s a good chance he’ll still be able to write a pretty scary movie.
The Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie adaptation is set for theatrical release on October 11, 2019.