Following the unfortunate news of losing IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman, Are You Afraid of the Dark? as a film has been put on the back burner for now, however Deadline brings word that the show will be brought back this coming October as limited series to the network where it began for viewers in the USA, Nickelodeon.
Continuing the tradition of a group of friends, known as The Midnight Society, gathering around a campfire to tell scary stories every Saturday night, the upcoming horror anthology will be aired as three one-hour long episodes.
Starring a whole new group of Society members, the limited series will tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom only to have the events of the story come to life, similar to the series’ 2000 three-part episode The Tale of the Silver Sight.
Cast members announced so far include Sam Ashe Arnold (Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.), Miya Cech (Always Be My Maybe), Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl), Jeremy Taylor (It) and Lyliana Wray (Black-ish). Rafael Casal (Blindspotting) plays The Carnival of Doom’s ringmaster, Mr. Tophat.
The limited series is produced by ACE Entertainment with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Spencer Berman serving as executive producers. Written by Ben David Grabinski (Skiptrace) and directed by Dean Israelite (Power Rangers), the two will also executive produce.
The original series ran on Nickelodeon at the end of the station’s Saturday night lineup called SNICK, as well as on YTV in Canada. It ran for seven 13-episode seasons from 1992 through 1996, and again from 1999 until ending in 2000.
Each week, the series delivered chilling stories of horror and suspense to young audiences, all from a youth’s perspective. Created originally by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, Are You Afraid of the Dark? was was a joint production of Canada-based Cinar and Nickelodeon.
Production on the limited series is planned to begin this month in Vancouver, Canada.
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