IT Screenwriter To Bring ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? To The Big Screen

'90s kids are about to take another trip down the spooky road of nostalgia.

For tiny nerds who grew up during the '90s (and were fobidden by their parents to start reading Stephen King until junior high), there were only a few outlets to check out spooky campfire tales. One was the old school print anthology (with stark B&W illustrations) Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark. Another was the Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark? 

Now, the television show - which premiered on the network in '92 during its SNICK teen-themed block on Saturday nights - is coming to the silver screen and being penned by IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman for Paramount Players, a new branch of the studio geared toward producing motion pictures aimed at younger audiences.

The basic conceit of Are You Afraid of the Dark? was rather simple. A group of friends would gather in the woods, light a campfire, and tell scary stories. Each episode was dedicated to a single legend, with the kids – who referred to themselves as "The Midnight Society" – telling the tale and book-ending each episode.

No word on a targeted release date, or what Dauberman's exact take on the material will be, but this project is undoubtedly part of the nostalgia craze that's gripped up the zeitgeist post-Stranger Things and won't let go. Hopefully, he'll deliver something sinister for kids and adults alike when the final film hits screens. 

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