Gary Dauberman, the co-writer of “IT,” is also working on the upcoming horror tale “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” for Paramount Pictures and based on Nickelodeon’s iconic 90s horror series of the same name.
The original Canadian anthology series, which ran from 1992-1996, followed a group of teenagers called ‘The Midnight Society’ who would gather around a campfire at the beginning of each episode to tell a scary story ranging from abandoned houses to vampires and killer clowns:
Speaking with Slashfilm this week, Dauberman revealed will not be directly adapting any episodes from the series but instead will feature a completely new original story told by the Midnight Society.
“It is a completely original story I came up with, but it still has the Midnight Society and it still has the campfire, It’s still a story being told. That show is so important to me. I didn’t want to age it down too much because for it’s time, it had some really disturbing episodes and some really dark episodes.
Not every story the Midnight Society told ended with happily ever after or a person learning their lesson and it will never happen again. I really embraced that side of things and I think it’s been a long time. I think fear is healthy for kids. I don’t think we have to always sand down the edges of things and that’s something I really wanted to do with Are You Afraid of the Dark.
I think it is scary and I think kids will be scared watching it at times, and also they’ll laugh at times. I think it’s got a great message. I think it’s got a great heart to it but it is still scary. I think that’s great. I think it’s going to open it up to a wider audience.”
Dauberman and Matt Kaplan are producing the film which is slated to be released on October 11th 2019.