Gary Dauberman is the go-to guy when it comes to screenwriting in the horror genre as of late. His most recent film, The Nun, was released on September 7. It is the third movie in the Conjuring universe he has written. He is also writing the Swamp Thing TV series for DC Universe. His biggest hit so far was last year’s It: Chapter One, and he wrote next year’s follow-up, too, which is expected to be a huge hit as well.
Slash Film had a chance to catch up with Dauberman and discuss many of these projects. When asked about It: Chapter 2, Dauberman confirmed that this will complete the story and that there are no plans on making it a trilogy. “No, this is a complete story. The ending, I think, will satisfy the audience and maybe break their hearts a little bit.” He also talked about the challenge of re-introducing the characters as new, yet the same. “In the first one, they’re all together in school, so you see them in a bunch, but 27 years later, I don’t think it’s a spoiler they’re sort of scattered all over the country. So we see pieces of who they’ve become, which I think is really exciting.”
When asked about how The Nun worked into the Conjuring universe, Dauberman said, “Yeah, it’s sort of the start of the evil that terrorizes Lorraine that we see in Conjuring 2, but we realize she’s been struggling with since even before the first Conjuring.” SYFY Wire has also talked to the movie's director about the links to the Conjuring.
Dauberman also talked about working on DC Universe’s Swamp Thing, and using aspects for the series from one of the title’s most famous writers. “We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing, this landmark, I think, run. Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary.”
For a more family-friendly fare, Dauberman is also working on an adaptation of the Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark? “It is a completely original story I came up with, but it still has the Midnight Society, and it still has the campfire. It’s still a story being told.” That’s good. An Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie without the Midnight Society is like Tom Cruise using a stuntman.
From the looks of it, Dauberman has his work cut out for him in the next few years. We’re looking forward to seeing what terrors he comes up with next.