Last year, we learned that Gary Dauberman (IT 2017, The Nun) will be writing the upcoming film adaptation of Are You Afraid of the Dark? for Paramount. He revealed the adaptation will honor the dark and scary tone of the original 90's TV series and more in his recent interview with SlashFilm.
During the interview, he also revealed the movie will feature a brand new story that's not adapted from a series' episode.
He told the site, "That show is so important to me. I didn’t want to age it down too much because for it’s time, it had some really disturbing episodes and some really dark episodes. Not every story the Midnight Society told ended with happily ever after or a person learning their lesson and it will never happen again. I really embraced that side of things and I think it’s been a long time. I think fear is healthy for kids. I don’t think we have to always sand down the edges of things and that’s something I really wanted to do with Are You Afraid of the Dark. I think it is scary and I think kids will be scared watching it at times, and also they’ll laugh at times. I think it’s got a great message. I think it’s got a great heart to it but it is still scary. I think that’s great. I think it’s going to open it up to a wider audience."
Dauberman continued, "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."
Paramount has scheduled the film to release in theaters on October 11th, 2019. Were you a fan of the show in the 90's? Do you look forward to the new film? Let us know in the comments!