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‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Movie in the Works With ‘IT’ Screenwriter

“Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society…”

The classic Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark? is about to get the reboot treatment.  Variety reported on Monday at Paramount Players is developing a feature film adaptation of the classic television series with a little help from IT writer Gary Dauberman.

Dauberman will be writing the script for the new film with Matt Kaplan (The Lazarus Effect) producing. Could this dynamic duo mean a darker and more sinister take on a beloved childhood classic?

Are You Afraid of the Dark? first premiered on Nickelodeon in 1992 as part of SNICK (a portion of programming on Nickelodeon which was geared towards older children and teenagers) and ran until 1996.  The series was rebooted in 1999 with new writers and showrunners but only lasted one season.  Originally created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, the series followed a group of kids/teenagers known as the Midnight Society.  The group would swap scary stories and tales of urban legends but updated with a modern twist.

Paramount Players is a brand new division at Paramount Pictures which centers around the development of programming for younger audiences.  The division draws upon the resources of Viacom brands such as Nickelodeon.  Paramount Players is also working on a live-action Dora the Explorer film with Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes.

What do you think of Are You Afraid of the Dark? getting a feature film reboot?  Is this something you would be interested in watching?  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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A self-proclaimed nerd, karaoke junkie, craft beer enthusiast and lover of all things pop culture, Denise enjoys all facets of entertainment from Broadway to box office blockbusters. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, concerts (lots and lots of concerts), volunteering, reading and playing with her rescue kitten, Samantha (who rescued who, right?). Denise currently resides in Long Island, New York and is honored to be a part of the Fan Fest News team!