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.