A little over a year since it was first announced, Paramount Pictures is one step closer to bringing the '90s anthology show, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, to life on the big screen as a new report suggests the feature has finally secured a director.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Disturbia director D.J. Caruso is reportedly in talks to direct the film for Paramount. This marks the first bit of movement on the project in over a year, as news first broke in November 2017 that It and Annabelle: Creation's Gary Dauberman would pen the adaption of the Nickelodeon series.
While Caruso's resume isn't as horror-centric as Dauberman's, he did helm the well-received teen thriller Disturbia, as well as the adaption of the New York Times bestseller, I Am Number Four, an action-oriented teen thriller. In recent years, he turned his focus towards the action genre, having helmed xXx: Return of Xander Cage, with the expectation being he'll return behind the camera for the fourth installment, xXx 4.
As it stands, little is currently known about the Are You Afraid of the Dark? However, at the time the film adaption was announced, Dauberman promised he intends on honoring the "darker, scarier tone of the show," with the hope that the Midnight Society would ultimately approve of his take. If done right, the series could potentially become Paramount's own Goosebumps-like franchise, as 2015's Goosebumps surprised with $150 million at the global box office.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? ran from 1990-2000 on Nickelodeon. The series focused on a group of teenagers as they gathered together in the woods to tell spooky stories. The series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, and starred Ross Hull, Daniel DeSanto, Raine Pare-Coull and Jodie Resther. As of now, Paramount's Are You Afraid of the Dark? is slated to hit theaters on October 11, 2019.