“Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story…” was the phrase that scared ’90s kids on Saturday nights and will now be heard on the big screen. Paramount Players, a new division at Paramount Pictures, announced that they are adapting the Nickelodeon kids’ horror show Are You Afraid of the Dark?.
It will be produced by Matt Kaplan and Gary Dauberman has been tapped to pen the script. Dauberman is one of three writers who penned It, the adaptation of Stephen King’s terrifying novel, that lived up to the source material and was a huge hit with movie fans in 2017. His writing credits include Annabelle and he’s working on The Nun and It: Chapter Two.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel. The anthology style series centered around the Midnight Society – a group of teens that enjoyed telling scary stories around a campfire in the woods. Each week one of the kids would frighten his/her friends by telling a horror tale about anything from classic monsters and magic to aliens and modern technology. It ran for five seasons from 1992 to 1996 then began again in ’99 and ran for two seasons through 2000.
Paramount Players is led by Awesomeness founder Brian Robbins. It’s focused on contemporary talent and titles for young audiences, drawing on resources of Viacom brands, one of which is Nickelodeon. The company is already developing a Dora the Explorer movie.