Are You Afraid of the Dark? Film Won’t Feature Stories From the TV Series
In an interview with Slash Film, IT co-writer Gary Dauberman (IT: Chapter 2, The Nun) has revealed that Paramount’s upcoming horror film Are You Afraid of the Dark?, based on Nickelodeon’s iconic 90s horror series of the same name, 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.
“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.” Dauberman said.
“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.”
Are You Afraid of the Dark? film will be written by IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman and 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.
Dauberman will also produce the film alongside Matt Kaplan. The horror film is slated to be release on October 11, 2019.