Paramount Players, a new, younger-skewing division headed by Awesomeness founder Brian Robbins, is moving ahead with a film version of Nickelodeon's '90 series Are You Afraid of the Dark? The original TV series was a horror anthology for teens and tweens, but it seems that Paramount may be taking a slightly darker note by hiring horror screenwriter Gary Dauberman for the project.
Dauberman is best known for his hit-making adaptation of Stephen King's It earlier this year. He has also written the scripts for the two Annabelle features, as well as The Nun. All three are part of James Wan's The Conjuring universe.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? was a popular horror anthology series created by D.J. McHale and Ned Kandel that aired on Nickelodeon from 1992 to 1996 (with a brief revival from 1999 to 2000). It featured a group of kids, known as the Midnight Society, who would gather around the campfire and tell ghost stories. These were "submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society" (an ode to Rod Serling's opening of The Twilight Zone) and were usually stories with a paranormal element, such as ghosts, vampires, werewolves, wizards, magicians, and demons. Frequently the tales were based on fairy tales or urban legends.
No word yet on any other talent attached to the project. We also don't know whether it will be one single story, like Goosebumps, or an anthology film in the vein of Creepshow and The ABCs of Death.