I could say a lot of things about the footage shown today at the Miramax panel for Troy Nixey‘s debut film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. But I’ll let co-writer and producer Guillermo del Toro have his say: “the movie is serious as a fucking attack of gonorrhea!”

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake and update of a 1973 TV movie that quickly became one of del Toro’s favorite films when he was young. As an adult he bought the rights and in the late ’90s scripted a new take with Matthew Robbins. That script was eventually directed by former comic book artist Troy Nixey, and today’s panel in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con marked the first time any footage has been seen by the public. And it was pretty great stuff. Read More »

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Two new horror movie posters landed today, just in time for the Comic-Con’s preview night in San Diego. First up, we have the Comic-Con giveaway poster for newcomer Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which is being produced by Guillermo Del Toro. The poster is an original work of art by Nixey, who is a former comic book artist.

As EW says, the film “centers on a young girl (Bailee Madison) who is set to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in an old mansion they are renovating. She unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures that try to destroy her entire family.” Disney is releasing the R-rated  film under its now-defunct Miramax banner on January 21, 2011.

Check out the poster after the break, as well as Saw 3D’s official one sheet.

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Briefly: When Disney shuttered Miramax last year, one of the handful of films left in limbo was Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of the 1973 TV movie of the same name. The remake was written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by newcomer Troy Nixey. It’s a good sign that Disney likes the movie enough to keep it in house and release it, and given that this is an R-rated horror film I’m not going to be too worried about the January 21 release date. THR says the film will actually carry the Miramax banner.

As EW says, the film “centers on a young girl (Bailee Madison) who is set to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in an old mansion they are renovating. She unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures that try to destroy her entire family.” Director Nixey is a former comic book artist and, based on his short Latchkey’s Lament, a promising filmmaker. I’m excited to see the trailer (at Comic Con, hopefully) and am thrilled that his movie won’t be lost in the Miramax morass.

Guy Pearce Joins Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

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Guy Pearce has joined the Miramax remake of the classic 1973 television movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, scripted by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Troy Nixey. Bailee Madison has also signed on to play his daughter. They’ll be joining Katie Holmes, who was cast a couple of months ago. Read More »

If directing a prequel adaptation to one of the biggest movie franchises in the history of film wasn’t enough, Guillermo del Toro has found yet another project to add to his already overfull plate. The Pan’s Labyrinth filmmaker will produce a remake of ABC’s 1973 television movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark for Dimension Films. Del Toro is adapting Nigel McKeand’s cult classic teleplay with his Mimic writing partner Matthew Robbins, and comic book artist-writer Troy Nixey (Batman, Matrix, Trout) will make his feature directorial debut.

The story follows a young girl who discovers sinister creatures that live underneath the stairs in her father’s house. The film is in the earliest stages of development, but the plan is to make this a creature feature with a focus on the unique and fantastical creatures from the mind of del Toro. But isn’t that what everyone wants from del Toro now a days? I can only imagine that del Toro’s voice mail is filled with messages from studio executives asking if Guillermo would be interested in making a big budget fantasy film like Pan’s Labyrinth, but in english and without the dark gore…

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