As we learned last year, IT writer Gary Dauberman has been tasked with penning Are You Afraid of the Dark? for Paramount, a feature film adaptation of the ’90s TV series. Dauberman had recently noted that he was planning to “honor the darker, scarier tone of the show,” and he talks more about all that in a new chat with /Film this week.
Additionally, Dauberman confirms the film won’t adapt any stories from the TV show.
“It is a completely original story I came up with, but it still has the Midnight Society and it still has the campfire,” he tells the site. “It’s still a story being told.”
Dauberman continued, “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.”
Dauberman will produce with Matt Kaplan.
The show 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 rest of the group, some of which were based on public domain fairy tales, short stories or urban legends.
Paramount has dated the film for October 11, 2019.