Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society…
The Tracking Board exclusively broke the news today that Paramount Players, a new division of Paramount Pictures, has an Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie in the works with It screenwriter Gary Dauberman set to pen the script.
The plot is of the upcoming film is currently completely open to speculation, as no details have been announced. Matt Kaplan is set to produce.
In a statement given last June, Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos stated that Paramount Players would “focus, in distinctive ways, on contemporary talent and properties for young audiences while drawing upon the vast resources of the Viacom brands.” Nickelodeon is one of the many brands under the Viacom umbrella, and Are you Afraid of the Dark? was picked up by the network in 1991 after a striking a deal with Canadian company Cinar.
The horror-fantasy anthology series was created by D.J McHale and Ned Kandel and aired on the Canadian television network YTV in 1990, and was then picked up by Nickelodeon in 1992. A revival series made a brief appearance on the airwaves from 1999 to 2000. Are You Afraid of the Dark? centered around a group of teenagers that call themselves “The Midnight Society.” They would meet in a secret location in the woods to tell scary stories around a campfire. Before each tale would begin, the storyteller would say, “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story…” followed by the title of that week’s spooky fable. The stories were usually based on public domain fairy tales and urban legends with heavy paranormal and mystic themes.
This announcement shouldn’t really come as a surprise, given Hollywood’s recent penchant for reviving television shows and movies from the past. The market is saturated with nostalgia-based content at the moment, with no signs that this trend will disappear anytime soon. An Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie could also potentially fit into the popular “Kids on Bikes” sub-genre, right alongside the It reboot and Netflix darling Stranger Things.
Paramount had a number of horror hits this year–including Annabelle: Creation, which Gary Dauberman also wrote–and they seem to really be doubling down on the spooky side of cinema for the time being.