'It' Writer Tackling 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Movie for Paramount

Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the early 1990s anthology show that aired on Nickelodeon, is getting the big-screen treatment.

Paramount Pictures arm Paramount Players has hired Gary Dauberman, the writer behind the New Line horror movies It and Annabelle: Creation, to pen the script and produce the project, 

The conceit of Afraid of the Dark was that the stories in each episode were campfire tales told by a group of teens who called themselves the Midnight Society. The tales ranged from modern takes on fairy tales to stories involving creatures such as vampires and aliens.

The show was initially a Canadian series that got picked up by Nickelodeon and aired as part of its Saturday night block.

"The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones. We're going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves," Dauberman tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Paramount Players, overseen by former Awesomeness founder Brian Robbins, is developing feature projects based on Paramount properties found on labels such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.

Dauberman has emerged this year as one of the hottest scribes in town, having co-written It, which has made $683 million worldwide, and penning the script for Annabelle: Creation, which has scared up $305 million.

He is currently producing the horror movie The Children for New Line and is executive producing The Nun, a spinoff from the Conjuring movie series.

Dauberman is repped by ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment and Felker Toczek.

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