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Katie Holmes Joins Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

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May 7, 2009

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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.

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  • Mikey
    For some reason I thought this was going to be a movie based of the "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" series...
  • vanagwathiel
    you're not alone Mikey. i thought the same.
  • The more and more I hear about Guillermo del Toro presenting more and more projects, makes me think that he's hardly working on, "The Hobbit"... And he should be completely focused on that movie only. Plus that funny that you mention Dragonslayer with Mathew Robbins cause I just literally watched that yesterday. I'll bet that we are next going to hear about Guillermo del Toro getting ready to remake Dragonslayer soon. Just my prediction since it was an 80's movie, and those are all being remade.
  • rationalthug
    The TV movie scared the hell out of me when I was a kid, even with its cheezyness.
  • jose
    so.... #1 and #2 obviously you can't read.

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