Disney’s remake of the 1983 TV movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark will hit screens under the Miramax banner on January 21st 2011. The new movie was co-written and produced by horror-fantasy mastermind Guillermo del Toro, and stars Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
…the thriller centers on a young girl (Bailee Madison) who is sent to live with her father (Pearce) and his girlfriend (Holmes) in the old mansion they are renovating, where she unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures bent on destroying all of them.
I guess it sounds interesting enough, but with this sort of thing it’s hard to tell until we see a trailer or similar (which shouldn’t be too far away, considering the release date). A large chunk of del Toro’s wonderful imagination comes across on the visual side of things, so I hope that the creative team working on this have transferred his script to screen well.
Troy Nixey is directing the film, having only previously written and directed a short film called Latchkey’s Lament. You can watch the trailer for Latchkey on YouTube here, along with the full film. It’s definitely clear why del Toro picked Nixey for the project, what with all the clockwork imagery and everything. Hopefully Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark will contain a similar level of originality. The creatures from the original TV movie look creepily awesome anyway, and with luck, they still will in the remake.