If you were a child at any point during the 1990s, there might have been nothing spookier than gathering around a campfire at the witching hour with the most theatrical group of teenagers ever. The group would gather around a campfire at the beginning of each episode and one of the teens would say, "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story [name of episode]".
Based on the Nickelodeon series. Mark Kaplan is meanwhile producing.
Good news for us, then: Paramount Players is moving forward with a film adaptation of the beloved and not at all terrifying show, to be penned by Gary Dauberman, who you also know as not scaring us half to death with It. And guess what? Nickelodeon falls under that umbrella. And of course, Nickelodeon, where Are You Afraid of the Dark? was housed, is one of those Viacom brands.
Created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, Are You Afraid of the Dark found its way to Nickelodeon in 1991 (though it premiered on Canadian television on October 31, 1990) and ran on the network's SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon) programming block from August 15, 1992 until April 20, 1996. Also, remembered for its earnest tone, the inclusion of Dauberman is intriguing, since it would suggest they are going for something a little more serious than the very PG Goosebumps revival. This is wise, as nostalgia and kid-friendly horror is big right now, and Are You Afraid of the Dark? always played it straight.
No director is now attached, but we're sure that more members to the new and improved Midnight Society will be inducted soon...