On November 13, 2017, it was announced that a film adaptation is in the works for Are You Afraid of the Dark? at Paramount Players. It writer Gary Dauberman is set to write the screenplay with Matt Kaplan producing.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? was a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel. The series “revolved around a group of teenagers who referred to themselves as “The Midnight Society”. Every week, at a secret location in the woods, one member would tell a scary story to the group.”
The show premiered on Nickelodeon’s SNICK on August 15, 1992 and aired until April 20, 1996. A revival series with new directors, writers, and cast ran from 1999 to 2000 on SNICK.
Paramount Players is a new division of Paramount Pictures founded in 2017 and is led by Brian Robbins. The company is drawing on the vast resources of the Viacom brands. It was announced that the company would be producing a live-action ‘Dora the Explorer’ movie with Nick Stoller being brought on board to work on the script. Unlike the TV series, the film will follow Dora as a teenager.
Gary Dauberman is one of the writer for the supernatural horror film “It,” alongside Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga. “It” became a massive hit both critically and financially setting numerous box office records. Adjusted for inflation, it is the highest-grossing horror film and the second highest-grossing R-rated film of all-time.
A sequel, It: Chapter Two, is set to be released on September 6, 2019. Dauberman is set to write “The Nun,” which will be the fifth installment in The Conjuring series.
[Update] Paramount has set a Halloween season release date of Oct. 11, 2019, for the film.