Along with Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark? was the source of many teenage thrills throughout the 90s. Now the old craze of 90s horror-lite is at last having a resurgence, as the popular Nickelodeon series is being turned into a feature film and will be penned by horror writer Gary Duberman.
The Canadian anthology series centred around the Midnight Society, a group of friends who would meet up every night at a secret location in the woods, where they would tell each other spooky stories. The plots of these stories were usually, and cost-effectively, based on public domain fairy tales, though occasionally the show would draw from short stories or urban legends.
While plot details for the film are tightly under wraps, we can expect the higher budget to allow more creative freedom with its storyline.
Paramount Players has picked up the property for development, signing Duberman (also known for Annabelle: Creation), hot off the back of IT’s success, to write. Matt Kaplan has also been brought in to produce the film. This new division of Paramount Pictures appears to be targeting a younger audience, with Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos stating that they would:
“… focus, in distinctive ways, on contemporary talent and properties for young audiences while drawing upon the vast resources of the Viacom brands.”
With Viacom owning not just Nickelodeon but MTV, BET and Comedy Central, we can probably expect some of these channels’ old favourite shows to be repackaged for today’s young audience.
Paramount has had a strong lineup of dark movies this year and doesn’t look to move away from the nostalgic horror trend any time soon. Duberman has shown that he can write this type of horror well and while the film so far looks promising, it could be the first in a long line of dead TV shows revived for reboot potential.