Katie Holmes Joins Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
by Alex Billington
May 7, 2009
Damn, Guillermo del Toro is a frickin' workaholic! Earlier this week, he announced he was developing and presenting a feature horror project from Spain called Mama. Today he has announced (via Variety) that he will produce a film called Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. And even more importantly, Guillermo del Toro co-wrote the script with Matthew Robbins (Dragonslayer, Mimic). Katie Holmes has been cast in the lead role, and comic book artist Troy Nixey will be making his directorial debut under the mentoring of del Toro. The project will shoot this summer in Melbourne as yet another "Guillermo del Toro Presentation."
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is based on a 1973 ABC TV movie about a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend and discovers they are sharing the house with devilish creatures. Del Toro first discovered director Troy Nixey after watching his short film titled Latchkey's Lament (watch the trailer for it online) that captured the tone del Toro wanted for this project. We already know del Toro is in working on The Hobbit and also has Mama in development. He is also producing an adaptation of David Moody's Hater for Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) to direct. We'll definitely be keeping our eye on this project.