IT Writer Adapting ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK for the Big Screen

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story, “The Tale of the Are You Afraid of the Dark Feature Film”

Variety has reported that Gary Dauberman, one of the writers credited for this year’s IT remake, has been brought on to adapt Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark television series into a feature film. Paramount Players, an off-shoot of Paramount Pictures that is focused on reaching younger audiences by using Viacom’s existing properties, will be producing alongside Matt Kaplan.


Are You Afraid of the Dark- The Ghastly Grinner

Are You Afraid of the Dark, which ran for seven seasons in the nineties, revolved around a group of kids that called themselves the “Midnight Society”. Week after week they met at an undisclosed location in the woods to try to scare one another with a spooky tale. As a child of the 90’s, nothing tingled my spine quite like seeing a member of The Society reach down into the bag of “midnight dust” and toss a handful into the campfire. Every time we saw those flames reach higher into the sky, we knew that we were in for a treat.

Are You Afraid of the Dark- Zeebo the Clown
Zeebo the Clown From Are You Afraid of the Dark

The film is just entering the pre-production phase and no script has been written as of yet. It is in very capable hands with Gary Dauberman, though, because the man seemingly cannot miss. The red-hot writer doesn’t have many films on his resume, but what he does have is very impressive. Not only was he one of the writers for IT, but he also has writing credits for the Conjuring Universe spin-offs Annabelle: Creation and The Nun.

Stick with us here at Nightmare on Film Street and we will keep you updated with production news as it becomes available. What do you think about Paramount turning Are You Afraid of the Dark into a feature film? Hit us up on social media and let us know!

I declare this meeting of the Midnight Society closed.

Tyler Liston

Purveyor of fine books, films and records by day; Mediocre (but improving) Dad by night.