Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, Paramount Pictures has set a Halloween season release date of Friday 11th October 2019 for Paramount Players’s movie adaptation of the ’90s Nickelodeon horror anthology series Are You Afraid of the Dark?!
The project was unveiled last month with It writer Gary Dauberman hired to write the script. Matt Kaplan is producing along with Dauberman. Paramount is producing the film conjunction with Nickelodeon Movies.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel and ran as an anthology series on Nickelodeon between 1992 and 1996. It was set around a group of teenagers who called themselves the Midnight Society and would meet weekly at a secret location in the woods to tell a scary story around a campfire. The show was revived in 1999 for two more seasons with new writers and showrunners. Tia and Tamera Mowry, Will Friedle, Neve Campbell, Hayden Christensen, Jay Baruchel, Tatyana Ali, Melissa Joan Hart, Jewel Staite, and two-time Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling are just a few of the household names that lent their acting skills to the anthology.
Each episode was introduced with the storyteller saying “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society” and then announce the title of that segment. MacHale said that the line was a tribute to the series The Twilight Zone, in which creator Rod Serling would introduce the episode by saying, “submitted for your approval.”
Paramount Players is a new division at Paramount Pictures that is led by Awesomeness founder Brian Robbins and focuses on contemporary talent and properties for young audiences while drawing upon the vast resources of the Viacom brands. Nickelodeon is one of those Viacom brands and is already developing a live-action Dora the Explorer movie, based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated preschool series, through Paramount Players with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes producing.
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