Make sure you have a bucket of water nearby and a scary story in mind, because in addition to their new big screen adventure, the Midnight Society will be gathering under the stars once again on Nickelodeon in a new Are You Afraid of the Dark? miniseries this October.
Nickelodeon unleashed waves of nostalgia today by announcing a bunch of new shows and revivals, including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, which will return as a miniseries on the network this October, the same month that Paramount will release the Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie in theaters.
While specific plot details and casting for the miniseries have yet to be announced, the press release from Nickelodeon (via The Futon Critic) contains the following tidbit about the revival:
"The beloved anthology series will return this October as a brand-new miniseries and follow new members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire in the woods to share scary stories. The miniseries will coincide with the upcoming Are You Afraid of the Dark? theatrical movie from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players' and Nickelodeon Movies, in theaters October 2019."
Are You Afraid of the Dark? originally aired on Nickelodeon from 1992–1996 (after premiering in Canada in 1990) before being revived for new episodes in 1999–2000.
Directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia and The Disappointments Room) from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (IT Chapter Two, The Nun), the Are You Afraid of the Dark? film is scheduled to haunt cinemas on October 4th. The prime Halloween season placement could make this the big horror movie of the fall in 2019, especially for those of us ’90s kids who have been craving the Nickelodeon nightmare fuel we grew up on.
In addition to writing the screenplay, Dauberman is also producing the Are You Afraid of the Dark? film alongside Matt Kaplan. While specific plot details have yet to be revealed, Dauberman previously spoke with THR about the film adaptation:
"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."
With that in mind, gather close to the fire and prepare for The Midnight Society to hold council in the shadows of the trees once again—on both the big and small screens!
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for updates on all things Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and if you'd like to listen to the Daily Dead team discuss the popular anthology series and more horror TV shows from the ’90s (and other decades), check out our previous episode of our Corpse Club podcast!