It seems that horror movies nowadays have found the perfect ingredient to guarantee box office and/or critical success – kids. Smash hits such as Annabelle: Creation, Better Watch Out, and the massively successful It have all proven that youngsters can drive a scary film to great heights.
Joining on this bandwagon, Paramount Players is developing a feature film of the 90s hit TV series Are You Afraid of the Dark. Gary Dauberman, the guy who penned Warner Bros.’ It, is set to write the script, with Matt Kaplan producing.
The classic Nickelodean show was first created by DJ MacHale and Ned Kandel in 1990. This spooky anthology series tells ghost stories from a group of kids who called themselves the Midnight Society. For each episode, all members gather around a campfire in their usual spot in the woods. The storyteller then announces the title of his/her story before the camera switches to the tale being told.
The show went on until 1996, and was revived in 1999 to 2000 with a new set of writers and showrunners.
Aside from this new project, Dauberman is set to return for the sequel to It, which became the highest grossing horror film of all time just recently. He is also expected to write for The Nun, a spin-off from 2016’s The Conjuring 2.
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