With the likes of It and The Nun to his name, many were encouraged to see Gary Dauberman attached to write and produce Paramount’s upcoming Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie. But now, Dauberman has departed the project.

Speaking to Slash Film, Dauberman explained, “No, that actually hasn’t shot yet. That’s one of those things I’m no longer a part of. I just had a different vision to make it and thought it best to part ways. It’s unfortunate but, as you said, that’s sometimes how it goes.”

Details on this new Are You Afraid of the Dark? have been sketchy since the feature was announced, but last year brought word that Disturbia and Eagle Eye’s D.J. Caruso was in talks to direct the film. Whether Caruso is still lined up for the movie, we’ll have to wait and see.

For those not familiar with Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel back in 1990, soon being picked up by Nickelodeon in 1991 and then aired across the globe from 1992. The general premise for the show saw the action focussed on a group of teenagers called the Midnight Society, who would meet each week at a secret, creepy woodland location to tell a terrifying (at least it was to our younger selves!) tale based around horror clichés, urban legends or twisted classics of yesteryear. When all was said and done, the series clocked in at an impressive 91 episodes over its seven seasons.

Previously, Are You Afraid of the Dark? was pegged for an October 2019 big-screen release, although that date is obviously not getting to be met.

Elsewhere, this February saw it reported that early plans are afoot for a new Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV series too.

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