Guillermo del Toro Producing Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Remake
by Alex Billington
July 30, 2008
Miramax and Guillermo del Toro will together produce a remake of the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark that first aired on TV in 1973. Comic book artist and writer Troy Nixey will make his feature directorial debut with the film. Del Toro himself and his writing partner Matthew Robbins (Mimic) will be adapting the screenplay for the remake. The original film was directed by John Newland and gained a cult following after its debut and on VHS. The story follows a young girl who is sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend, only to discover that sinister creatures live underneath the stairs. If I remember correctly, this is movie that scared the crap out of me as a kid and here we are remaking it!
Development on the film is only at the very early stages, as they haven't begun any research on the monsters. However, Variety says that we can expect "an upscale creature feature along the lines of del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, with an emphasis on distinctive characters in keeping with the Miramax slate." And for those that saw Hellboy II, the creatures were the best part, so maybe that's a good thing. Director Troy Nixey is the latest of Del Toro's mentors to be given his first gig, along with Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona who directed the highly praised thriller The Orphanage. "It has always been a dream of mine to work on a project with Guillermo, my favorite filmmaker," Nixey said. "I had no idea it would be on my first one out. Miramax's faith in me is everything a first-time director could ask for."
Anyone who saw Orphanage will attest to the fact that Guillermo del Toro is as good of a producer as a filmmaker. I think he knows great talent when he sees it and I'm sure Nixey is the next talented filmmaker being given his big break. As for the film itself, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, let's just hope it will scare the living crap out of me as it did back when I was a kid. Anyone else already excited?