D.J. Caruso in talks to direct Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie
Bloody Disgusting reports Disturbia director D.J. Caruso is in talks to helm Paramount’s feature adaptation of Are You Afraid of the Dark?. IT co-writer Gary Dauberman will produce alongside Matt Kaplan. The horror film is slated to be release on October 11, 2019.
Caruso’s other credits include I Am Number Four starring Alex Pettyfer, Teresa Palmer and Callan McAulliffe; Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage; and the 2016 psychological horror film The Disappointments Room.
Dauberman (IT: Chapter 2, The Nun) previously has revealed that the forthcoming film will not be adapting any episodes from the series but instead will feature a completely new original story that will still be told by The Midnight Society. Further details about the film’s plot are still being kept under wraps.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is based on the Canadian horror anthology series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1992-1996. The series featured a group of teenagers who called themselves “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 to witches.
Both series featured a group of teenagers who called themselves “The Midnight Society.” The group would gather around a campfire at the beginning of each episode and one of the teens would say, “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story [name of episode].” Then they’d toss “midnight dust” on the campfire. The audience would then see the story unfold. The stories were all scary, from abandoned houses to vampires to witches.