Variety is reporting that Paramount Players (a new division at Paramount Pictures that focuses on younger audiences) has hired IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman to write the script for Are You Afraid of the Dark, an adaptation of the Nickelodeon series of the same name.
For those who didn’t grow up in the ‘90s, Are You Afraid of the Dark was an anthology horror series. Each episode would start off with a group of kids (the Midnight Society) gathered around a campfire, and one would tell a scary story that would be the basis of the episode. A lot of the episodes were based on things like fairytales and urban legends, but they always added their own little flair to help make things interesting.
Dauberman is one of three credited screenwriters for this year’s smash hit horror film, IT. However, it is worth mentioning that he was brought in to rewrite the script from Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga, and it was ultimately his draft that serviced as the shooting script for the final film.
Given how IT turned out, Dauberman clearly has a great understanding of both horror and the mindset of kids in scary situations. As such, he’s a great fit to bring this film to life. Plus, with him behind it, perhaps we’ll end up with a film that manages to be a good fit for kids without talking down to them.
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